Accepting responsibility

Accepting responsibility means recognizing that my behavior is always a matter of my choice. Sometimes the choice may be very difficult, but it is always my choice. I do what I do because i have decided to; nobody is making me and nobody else is responsible for my actions.

Accepting responsibility means being honest about my mistakes and being willing to change.

Accepting responsibility means recognizing that I have an impact on my world; that what I do has an effect on others, and that there are consequences to my actions.

Accepting responsibility is being willing to ask for help rather than to expect it, and being willing to take care of myself when help is refused or unavailable.

Accepting responsibility means being the active author of my life, according to my values and standards, rather than blindly following, without thinking, the path of least resistance.

Love, Connection and Kindness

As I go through all kinds of feelings and experiences in my journey through life — delight, surprise, chagrin, dismay — I hold this question as a guiding light: “What do I really need right now to be happy?” What I come to over and over again is that only qualities as vast and deep as love, connection and kindness will really make me happy in any sort of enduring way. ~ Sharon Salzberg