Here’s a poem that I was given. It doesn’t have an author but when I received it, I got a lot of value out of it and the words rung true to me.
And because of the truth I derived from the meaning of this, I wanted to share this with you. I hope that you find inspiration and truth through it as well.
Responsibility is the cornerstone for living a fully actualized life. You can either view yourself as a victim of life, someone who life happens to… someone who isn’t in control of anything. Or, you can view yourself as a changemaker, someone who is responsible for themselves and adding value to the world.
Only from the responsible changemaker, standpoint, can you take control of your life and create an amazing and passionate life that will be fulfilling.
I am responsible for my relationship to you
I am responsible for the way I see you
I am responsible for letting you see the inner me
I am responsible for correcting false images of me that I give to you
I am responsible for my judgments of you
I am responsible for my understanding of what you say and do
I am responsible for any hurts I allow myself to feel about you
I am responsible for any desires of needs I feel toward you
I am responsible for frustrations of my desires or needs toward you
I am responsible for any hostility I allow myself to feel toward you
I am responsible because I choose to be responsible
I am responsible because it gives me pleasure
I am responsible because it gives me control
I am responsible because it gives me freedom
I am responsible because it gives me relaxation
I choose not to be responsible for your relationship to me
I choose not to be responsible for your communications to me
I choose not to be responsible for such impossibilities
For if I should choose to feel responsible for your happiness
Then I would feel guilty about your unhappiness
And if I should try to make you responsible for my unhappiness
Then I would feel responsible for your misery about my unhappiness
When I am responsible and know it, I am free
When I am responsible and don’t know it, I’m still responsible
And therefore, since I am responsible anyway,
I choose to be aware of the blessing of being responsible
What a pleasure it is to know the freedom and power of my responsibility
For responsibility is love in motion
And responsibility is the toast of one soul to another
If you’d like to see some other inspiring words, check out my Inspirational Quotes page. You’ll find some of my favorite inspirational and motivational quotes there!