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How To Be Responsible By Jeff Heywood A sense of responsibility is a very narrow road It doesnt leave us free to do as we please But as with everything else the limitation we place upon ourselves provides our greatest success Lincoln said that the nation could not exist half slave and half free Neither can leadership exist half responsible and half irresponsible So to be responsible we need to have a sense of responsibility we need obedience less material possessions more work be responsible for our actions a peaceful attitude and more potential First of all a great Canadian athletic coach once said that most people in and out of athletics were hold-outs What he meant was that frequently we dont invest ourselves fully in what we are doing We have too many reservations about things We go into our assignments with our fingers crossed so to speak We hold out on our enthusiasm and our determination and our industry But when we hold out on life the life holds on us At all costs we should avoid being a holdout and focus on having more responsibility There was a great quote by Wendell Phillips that said responsibility educates Furthermore the world we live in requires obedience-not conformity not stereotype but obedience to the laws of nature the laws of society the laws of morality and higher values Obedience does not diminish freedom it increases it By learning how to obey we open channels through which we can understand everything else like happiness as well as to responsibility Next most of us have too many material possessions As our society becomes more complex and our lives have and more facets things can begin to overtake us More than ever before in order to live happily it is necessary to simplify organize and be responsible for things In addition much of the satisfaction and joy of life comes from the acceptance and conscientious completion of
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