When was the last time you heard anyone really take responsibility for their ill advised actions?
I mean really own it! Not just pay it lip service and hide behind half truths.
Sometimes it’s a really tough proposition, especially when the easy way out leaves no evidence or suspects.
Eventually the past catches up to a man on the run though! Like a thief in the night, the easy way out nearly always robs a person of life’s valuable learning opportunities. Only strong moral convictions & steadfast honest values provide enough protection to shield you from a nearly overwhelming urge to drop, take cover and try to excuse things away to benign levels of existence.
More and more these days though, it seems the norm is to go the opposite direction, deny, deceive and arm yourself with a shield of excuses instead. Denying not only the wrongdoing but the learning experience that follows by proxy. Mistakes happen, but the ones we own up to teach us volumes more than the ones we don’t.
I have etched in my mind the time my third grade teacher, Mrs. Greenlee, had to leave the room for a few minutes, leaving a bunch of 8 & 9 year olds to their own bidding. Needless to say it didn’t go well. When the teacher returned to the freak show that was ensuing, the consequences were harsh for some, like me, 1000 sentences…. “I WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS”. That’s definitely the best lesson I learned in the 3rd grade and quite possibly the best lesson I’ve learned to date. Even though I didn’t apply the rule to it’s full potential until later in life, it served me well every time I did and continues to serve me well every time I do.
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”