The Power of Responsibility

" The best years of your life are the ones in which you decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize that you control your own destiny."
--Dr. Albert Ellis (1913-2007)

Just like Gandhi encouraged people to "be the change they wish to see", Dr. Ellis stated the truth that to take responsibility for your life is paramount. When the "blame game" is eliminated, the ability to grow, change and release is ignited. It is not until one realizes their life is a game of lessons to help them so that they can assume ownership of life's challenges. Some lessons are harder than others. When you think of it from a higher perspective, you start to understand it is not just about you.

Your lessons involve others who also have their own lessons to learn. The intricate interconnection that we share cannot be understood completely from our perspective on Earth. Perhaps from another perspective at a later time, it will be understood. Perhaps never. Either way, it does not matter, for we are not the Master of the Universe. We are the students. Pay attention to the Teacher and you just might get the hint you need to do better in this course of life.

As the lessons are learned, the "a-ha" moments will occur. Greater understanding ignites greater appreciation. It is so very true that the hardest lessons are the ones that help us grow the strongest. Know that truth, accept it and embrace it. When you are able to do that, you open doors of awareness that you never would have seen...much less walk through.
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