October 31st, 2012

“Responsibility to yourself means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and naming for you; it means learning to respect and use your own brains and instincts; hence, grappling with hard work.” ~ Adrienne Rich

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  1. Kenneth Vogt says:

    It is important to recognize the difference between choosing your response and deciding your response. Decisions are based on reasons. Really then, the reasons are in charge when you decide. But when you choose, you are in charge. You can still examine the facts but you don’t let them take over by rising to the level of reasons. Now you accept responsibility instead of ceding it to your reasons.

  2. I agree with the statement.  We need to learn to be more bold and stand on one’s feet and trust our intuition.  Thanks for the quote :) 

  3. Bharathan Rajaram says:

    Lovely thought. I strive to be more responsible in this sense every day. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  4. JamChrisJoy says:

    I appreciate this perspective greatly. As the youngest son of a Baptist pastor from small-town North Carolina, I’ve struggled over the last few years to come to terms with what I believe as opposed to what I was taught to believe. Increasingly I found myself thinking, “God CAN’T be like that”. It’s been liberating to reach my own conclusions and outgrow the tradition of my upbringing. If you’ve never thought beyond what you were taught, you’re not really living your own life. You can have a relationship with God, or you can have a religion about God; you cannot effectively have both. If you set God free from your ideas about Him, He can then set you free from your ideas about yourself. I’m always encouraged by reminders that I AM moving in the right direction.  The above Adrienne Rich quote does precisely that.

  5. Shante Redden says:

    Not enough of us take the time to do this.  Thanks for reminding us!

  6. Sam Olliver says:

    This is something I am seriously trying to improve on, it is a regular occurrence for me to read all sorts of Inspirational Texts by the likes of Stephen Covey, Paul McKenna, Tony Robbins etc and whilst I know the importance of Gratitude and Shaping my view on the world, I do find it a struggle and would say that I have a wobble most days as I react to certain people. I am working towards changing my mindset and will not give up on it. “The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react.” – George Bernard Shaw 

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