Taking responsibility today
Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 31, 2004 at 10:54 p.m.
Today I will accept responsibility for myself.
If I get a speeding ticket, I will not curse the officer or challenge the speed zone; I will accept that I got caught speeding.
If I get fired from my job, I will accept that the qualities of my services are no longer needed and that if I choose to work for someone else, I have to accept their decisions.
If I find that I've gained some weight, I will not sue the restaurant I ate at yesterday or blame the TV for making me not exercise.
If I don't like what's on TV, I won't blame the networks for ignoring my specific desires for entertainment, I will make my wishes known to them instead. If I don't like a movie, I will not go see it. I will not protest at the cinema.
If I don't like a cartoon, I will not accuse the writer of bias or ignorance, I will accept that he has an opinion (even if I think it's wrong).
If I don't like your opinion, I will ignore it. If I don't like the service I get, I will take my business elsewhere. If I don't like my lot in life, I will accept responsibility for where I am and make changes.
I will forever banish the following phrases from my life: My ancestors came from the wrong country; my mother didn't hug me enough or she hugged me too much; I ate too many Twinkies; I am the wrong ethnic group; I am the wrong political group; I am right and you are wrong!
Today I have decided to make my own decisions and take responsibility for myself.
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.
Comments are currently unavailable on this article