December 19

What we say and what we do
ultimately come back to us, so let
us own our responsibility, place it
in our hands, and carry it
with dignity and strength.

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldua


Today's Meditation:

The world seems to have changed in the last couple of decades-- or has it been just me?  Sometimes I feel that I see people much less aware of this fact of life, that things do come back to us, and much more willing to act as if it weren't true.  It may not be true, but personally, I don't want to risk the possibility that it is true by acting as if it weren't.  I accept the responsibility of making sure that all that I say and do is something that I would actually want coming back to me, and therefore I look to do all the good that I can.

It really is just a matter of saying a kind word when I'm tempting to say something biting or insulting; not committing the act that my conscience tells me I shouldn't commit; not giving up when I'm tempted to not try to go any further.  I'm not completely sure of what Karma actually means--to me or to others--but I do believe that it's a principle based on truth.  The beauty of being aware of our own actions, though, is not in avoiding bad Karma--the beauty is that the more we own our responsibility, the easier and more natural it is to live up to it.

There's nothing that can substitute for us taking full responsibility for our own actions and words and deeds.  And as we do so more and we begin to see how they come back to us, it becomes much easier to make the right decisions when we are faced with decisions.  It isn't just a good idea to live up to our responsibilities and to carry them with dignity and strength--it's a good way of life, one that will help us to make our lives very positive indeed.

Questions to consider:

Why is it easy sometimes to say and do things without realizing that they will come back to us someday, somehow?

What does it mean to you to "own" your responsibility?

When was the last time that something that you said or did came back to you, in either a positive or negative way?  How did that feel?

For further thought:

The willingness to accept responsibility for one's own life
is the source from which self-respect springs.

Joan Didion

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