Tuesday, August 18, 2015

         You alone are responsible for your health, safety, and growth. You own your fantasies, your dreams, your hopes, your fears. You own everything about you—your body, your mind, and all your actions, whether to self or others. Everything that comes out of you is authentically yours because you alone chose it—all your triumphs, successes, failures, and mistakes. You have the tools to survive, to be close to others, to be productive, and to make sense and order out of the world of people and things outside of you. Take full responsibility for who you are. You are the architect of your existence.
         With increasing life experience, you should be capable of assuming positions of increasing responsibility. At times, you will encounter unclear mandates, gaps, and overlaps in mission descriptions that obscure responsibilities and create uncertainty. Take responsibility when no one else will. Ensure that your subordinates understand and carry out their assigned roles. When leading others, you may delegate your authority, but you cannot delegate your overall responsibility.
         Your legal, ethical, or moral obligations in life will likely include responsibility for the health, safety, and well-being of children, older adults, or animals. Society emphasizes humanistic ideas on moral character: qualities such as compassion, patience, tolerance, forgiveness, responsibility, harmony, and a concern for others. These are aspects of life and human experience which go beyond a purely spiritual or materialist view of the world.
          Anticipate and be responsible for the consequences of your behavior.

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