Did you ever think about responsibility? I love having responsibilities, but that wasn’t always the case. There were times in my life when I looked at the unbelievable number of responsibilities I has in life and was so overwhelmed – how could one person deal with so much responsibilities? If you are at all like me, then you know how hard it is to say no when someone asks you to take on yet another one.

Then one day, I looked at the word – responsible – and smiled. It was one of those light bulb moments: the workd is a combination of two words:

Response +able.

So first of all I was so glad that I am able, and then I thought how often am I able to respond, really respond. Am I able to respond to all fo the demands made on me. I understood that in order to be responsible, I need to think about the additional responsibilities that I take on.

It made my life so much easier – I have responsibilities that are basic and a part of my life, there are responsibilities that come with my job and that I volunteer for. Today, whenever asked to take on additional responsibilities, I stop and ask myself – am I able to respond to this request? Do I have enough time? Is this something that will hinder me or will it enrich me.

How about you?

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