“Between an action and inaction, I would choose the former even at the cost of being wrong!” – Of course, I am paraphrasing a very strong notion about action. I find it quite exciting to realize that our lives are filled with so much of experience and richness. The richness in thoughts, desires, ambitions, passions – it is as if a whole new world keeps discovering itself every often.
Amidst these many, I believe there are so many things we have done in life, the ones which we take responsibility for, the ones which make us proud and the mistakes which we look at as growing experiences. But in the realm of all these, I am sure there will also be certain small things which we try to escape from – maybe those small hitches to take actions maybe like nursing a puppy or helping someone cross the road. One of the thoughts I have usually had when I didn’t do those were – ‘Someone else would do it’ and someone would actually come and do it but it was rarely me. A part of me said that I should help that old man cross the road and a part of me was reluctant since it kept telling that there would be someone else, that part which was sluggish, that part which did not want to own up to certain responsibilities. Every time I did that, I felt relieved seeing someone else help out – I figured that way a part of my responsibility is taken care of and I was able to go past that event with ease.
But I realize maybe one of the reasons not to do it was that I didn’t want to feel responsible about it. Maybe I felt it was a little too much. I am not sure if you had similar experiences but I guess there might be some of them where we have found way to pass off the responsibility on us. Although most times it ended in being delegated very effectively, there were also times where they were not and I would just leave to avoid any action or a compunction to create an action! I am sure there can be a lot of words to describe this action, but I am also sure it all was led by one thought – avoiding responsibility.
But I do realize now that we are held accountable not just for the things we do but also for the things we don’t do. Sometimes maybe not to someone else but to ourselves. Given a choice, I think it might be easier to be not responsible for someone else but when we do that to ourselves, it is not the easiest of the emotions to handle. Well as they say, growing up sucks, taking responsibilities sucks but taking responsibilities for things we did not do..?? Well that also sucks to a certain bit but in the end, it is all worth it 🙂
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