Day 1: Accountable
"I take ownership and responsibility for all aspects of my life."
Many definitions for personal accountability exist, but at their core, they all seem to share a common theme of ownership. A person who is truly accountable for their life owns their successes and mistakes; skills and shortcomings; and choices and consequences. Instead of focusing blame on other people, or circumstances beyond their control, they step up to the plate, and actively acknowledge their role in how their life is playing out before their eyes. Accountability can also mean the act of regularly checking in to confirm participation in any number of endeavors, whether a fitness program with daily goals or an effort to maintain sobriety. I started with accountability because I think it forms the foundation of any attempt at self-improvement.
Today, I take responsibility for my actions, choices and beliefs. I recognize that while I may not control all of the events that occur in my life, I am capable of making choices about how I react to those events. I take the time to recognize my current behaviors without judgement: the attitude with which I greet my mornings, the steps I take to prepare for my day, the food I choose to nourish my body, the energy I bring into my interactions with others, the way I conduct my affairs at my school, work or home, the way I exercise stewardship over my physical resources and finances, the thoughts I bring to my commute or daily tasks, and the way I prepare myself for sleep. I trust that my inner guide will show me the ways in which my present actions, choices and beliefs serve me or fail to serve me. To the extent that they do not bring more joy, love, success, or positivity to my life, I trust my ability to release them and replace them with alternatives that are better aligned with the highest vision I have for myself.
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I was inspired to create this page in memory of a dear friend I lost to suicide. She inspired me all of the time with her writing, which she shared with the world as one of the earliest recognizable "bloggers." I'm saving this page for thirty-one days of little pick me ups, in the hope that they might help someone else somewhere lift themselves up when they are feeling low.