The Importance of Personal Responsibility

The news about the admission of Arnold Schwarzenegger that he has a child with a former staff member which led to his divorce from Maria Shriver reminds me of something that is very important in our process towards growth and maturity: personal responsibility.What does it mean? For me, to accept personal responsibility is to accept that you are the one solely responsible for the choice in your life. Nobody can be blamed. Some may influence you, others may coerce you. But in the end, you made a choice and you are responsible for it. You cannot blame alcohol or drugs or pills. There were prior choices you made. You own that responsibility.

But it also means that you are responsible for what you choose to feel or think. Anger comes, as most of the negative emotions, because of external stimuli or triggers. But, to stay with anger, to allow anger to dictate your actions – those are choices to make. To continue to think so low of yourself is a choice you make, and you are responsible for that.

Lastly, personal responsibility means accepting that only you can direct the course of your life. Nobody can guide your life without your consent. Nobody can destroy you without your consent. Not even God can save you without your desire.

All these constitute a simple thing called personal responsibility. And as the news today reveal, it is not that simple at all.


Wise Words

Nature gave men two ends – one to sit on and one to think with. Ever since then man’s success or failure has been dependent on the one he used most
George R. Kirkpatrick

Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down. And this is all life really means.
-Robert Louis Stevenson

Never make your home in a place. Make a home for yourself inside your own head. You’ll find what you need to furnish it – memory, friends you can trust, love of learning, and other such things. That way it will go with you wherever you journey.

-Tad Williams

“When you were born, you were crying and everyone around “When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling. Live your life so that when you die, you’re the one smiling and everyone around you is crying.”


I thought growing up was something that happened automatically as you got older. But it turns out it’s something you have to choose to do. – TV show Scrubs

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