Be Response Able
“The most important thing is to actually think about what you do. To become aware and actually think about the effect of what you do on the environment and on society. That’s key, and that underlies everything else.”
– Jane Goodall
So many wonderful experiences have happened since I began this challenge.
Many words come to my Mind as instructions; honor, courage, dedication, tolerance.
Responsibility covers them all.
Unlike obligation which suggests outside pressure or demand, response ability is a choice of Love.
It means more than wiping the seat of a public lav after tinkling on it, or not taking someone’s last cookie.
The ability to respond is what makes the Humane Being different from the Homo Sapien; the person so wrapped up selfishness they don’t want to care about anything beyond them.
Utilizing gentleness & objectivity, it becomes a mode of relating, a code of ethic & advocacy.
Responsibility requires balance to make it a pure method of being.
If one picks up a burden heavier than can be carried, or gives too much without result, the fatigue & frustration involved can lead to bitterness or regret.
Be aware how much you can take on, how long you are able to bear the load, and whether or not your involvement interferes with another life path.
This is where objectivity becomes essential.
Recognize your own needs even in the service of others.
Respect for another’s way of Life must be considered when choosing a response able way of interacting.
No matter how righteous our opposition to the manner in which another has chosen to exist may be, it is presumptuous to assume we know better for them.
In fact, making folks conform ‘for their own good’ is the mantra of the politically & religiously intolerant.
Choosing a responsible life means having respect for every beings possessions, feelings & beliefs.
This does not suggest that we should not battle the hierarchies & dogmas which enslave & seek to control us.
What is does mean is that by being a living example of our beliefs, we will find new & novel ways of combating them other than the fighting & hating resorted to by Homo Sapiens, whose history has proved, moves things along but always in the same direction.
Responsibility is a courageous act in itself.
Those who have dedicated themselves to help others, who champion the ‘lost cause’, who speak against oppression at the cost of their freedom or lives, inspire & challenge us to join in the battle against suffering, greed, bigotry or cruelty.
Whether taking personal responsibility in caring for a loved one, to tackling global issues, our participation is best when in harmony with our own nature.
If it is a commitment freely & joyfully made, accolade is appreciated but unnecessary.
Moreover, it is imperative to lay down a responsibility if it becomes deleterious.
Remember, this is your Life. Be true to yourself in all things.
The ability to respond determines our humanity.
It is a conscious choice.
Honor, respect, tolerance, patience & objectivity are tools for its application.
Public or private, responsibility is caring in action.
It is practiced best when in complete alignment with the Heart.
Thanks for your kind attention.