Thursday, January 13, 2005

The pain of accepting responsibility

The main difficulty that most of us have in accepting responsibility for our actions is because of our desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of those actions.

When we attempt to avoid responsibility, we are actually giving up some of our freedom or we are trying to escape from freedom.

The process of accepting responsibility will usually involve some self-disclosure to other people; letting ourself be known and soliciting and receiving honest feedback from others.

"Oh the comfort, the inexpressible comfort, of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but to pour them all out, just as it is, chaff and grain together, knowing that a faithful friend will take and sift them, keeping what is worth keeping, and then,with the breath of kindness,blowing the rest away."
---Mary Ann Evans (George Eliot)

Can you take this first step of self-disclosure?

What will you risk by self-disclosure?

What might you gain?

With whom have you risked (or will you risk) sharing your inner realities?

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