The dictionary defines responsibility as “a form of trustworthiness; the trait of being answerable to someone for something or being responsible for one’s conduct” (“Responsibility”, 2006). Accepting responsibility is an exercise of free will. When freely accepting responsibility, it means one is solely responsible for one’s actions, one’s choices and decisions in life. It also means that all things point only to you and you cannot blame others for the free exercise of your discretion. Responsibility is a daunting task that needs the nurturing of the self.
Accepting responsibility is not just limited to others, to the ones you care about, but also to your own well-being. There is a saying that one cannot give what one does not have. Therefore, part of responsibility is to be kind to one’s self, to nurture one’s emotional well being. It means, cleansing one’s anger of the past from people whom you think owe you something. The harsh reality is the world does not owe us anything. That is too big a cry to make. Instead we can alter our responses to the world in general. We can start healing from ourselves of the baggage that have wearied us down. We can start paying attention to our wellness.
We can be responsible to our own healthy living, spiritual cultivation, moral makeup. Preventive steps such as paying attention to our health by responsibly following a strict regimen to keep ailments at bay as we grow older is one important manifestation of responsibility (“Tools”, 2006). Accepting responsibility also means digging ourselves out of unnecessary depression and reducing everyday stress that might compound later into a terminal disease. Improved family support system and harmony with the members of the community is part of our social responsibility towards others. It is a microcosm of what we hope will be a global phenomenon.