Responsibility is the ability to respond and be accountable. It may be felt as a subtle awareness on some level, that accompanies and guides a response. Ones ability to respond is influenced in turn by ones awareness. The extent of ones sense of accountability ranges from ones self, social sphere, family friends, work, etc
Biologically, we are guided by instinctual impulses, which can oftentimes direct our propensity to respond such as, a mother’s impulse to nurture her newborn child. Psycho-socially, some factors that guide our accountability are commitment and valued end. If there has been a commitment made to oneself, another, a job, or a business there is an agreement made towards a valued end that directs and guides our actions. The valued end becomes an ethical guide that directs ones choices – personal, social, or public agreements. Each person discerns their “valued end” according to their own mores and perspectives.
There are responsibilities that we take on from experiences in early childhood, and some say there are responsibilities taken on at a soul level that can span life times. Whether you believe in the eternality of the soul, or soul as an expression of unconscious feelings, there are tacit “agreements” that guide our sense of responsibility and the ways we engage with the world.
Some people feel great responsibility not only to themselves, but also the lives of others, and more globally the earth and its inhabitants. Some take on responsibilities that are not theirs to bear at an early age, and continue to do so into adulthood. Others feel that responsibility is a dirty word and react, or even rebel against the sense of constriction and heaviness it gives them, and still others are unable to accept any responsibility for the effects of their actions.
Responsibility can be so convoluted and involved that professions have been built around deciphering the intricacies of this emotion. Religious and legal systems speak of ways that we are held accountable for our actions according to the beliefs of their system and rules. Ultimately we are responsible for our true self, our actions, feelings, and our choices. Some say that we are responsible not simply for ourselves, but the contribution we bring to the whole.
If you have pulled this card, you may want to explore your personal call to responsibility. Ask yourself where does your responsibility begin and end? What is your contribution to your life, to those of others? Have you been shirking some responsibility or avoiding your awareness? Perhaps you need to reevaluate your responsibility in some matters. Are you carrying the burden of responsibilities that are not yours? Is there something you are aware of that needs a response?
© 2011 Leslie Helen Bambic Ciechanowski
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