Responsibility (vs. Unreliability)
Knowing and doing what is expected of me
To practice Responsibility I will:
- Keep my promises
- Not make excuses
- Do all my work to the best of my ability
- Make things right when I do wrong
- Know my duty and do my duty
Responsibility requires that we know what is expected of us. How do we do that? By asking questions, observing others, and simply asking ourselves what we would expect of others if we wanted them to provide an excellent example of responsibility. When we take on a task do we look for the quickest way to get it done or the best way? Do we do a job completely or look for good enough? An example is the teenager’s chore of mowing the lawn. Do they clean the mower when they were finished? Did they trim? Did the mower get put away? Did the sidewalk get swept? Were they careful to aim the clippings away from the landscaping?
This month, look at your completed tasks through the eyes of an observer and look for things to add to your knowledge base of responsible expectations.
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
“I recommend that the Statue of Liberty be supplemented by a Statue of Responsibility on the west coast. ”
– Viktor E. Frankl