June 17      

Today's quotation:

People who become conscious of the responsibility they bear toward a human being who affectionately waits for them, or to an unfinished work, will never be able to throw away their lives. They know the "why" for their existence, and will be able to bear almost any "how."

Victor Frankl

Today's Meditation:

We do have responsibilities here on this planet.  And it's in the fulfilling of those responsibilities that we imbue meaning into our lives.  But many of us don't take the time or make the effort to explore just how broadly our responsibilities stretch, and thus we miss out on fulfilling many of them.  It's not my responsibility to take care of the kids next door, but perhaps it's my responsibility to greet them kindly and encourage them and compliment them whenever I get the chance.  There are people in my life who depend upon me, and it's my responsibility to let them know that I love them and that they can depend on me-- and then be there when they need me.

When we know what our responsibilities are, then our actions make more sense-- as long as our actions are the result of the knowledge of our responsibilities.  When I have a job that needs to be done, I know that I should get it done for many reasons.  People are depending on me to get it done, someone needs me to get it done, and my own sense of satisfaction and self is affected by whether or not I get it done.

Unfortunately, many people take on far more responsibilities than they really should, and they and their loved ones tend to pay a high price for this tendency.  Not everything is our responsibility, and if we're spreading ourselves thin and running ourselves ragged, it's probably important that we step back and re-evaluate just what is truly our responsibility and just what we can let go of without causing any harm.  It's not our responsibility to fix the world or single-handedly keep some organization running smoothly (unless that's our job!), and we don't want to ruin our relationships because we've overcommitted ourselves outside of them.

The world does need you.  Perhaps it needs you to raise healthy, well balanced children.  Perhaps it needs you to help others to buy homes, or get the proper insurance coverage.  It may need you in many different ways over the years, but if we don't live up to the responsibilities in our lives, then there will be voids in the needs that aren't fulfilled in the lives of the other people with whom we live.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people shirk their responsibilities so often?

Why do so many people take on far too many responsibilities so often?

What are your major responsibilities right now?  How well do you deal with them?

For further thought:

We are not put here on earth to fool around.  There is work to be done.  There are responsibilities to be met.  Humanity needs the abilities of every man and woman.

Alden Palmer

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