Saturday, September 15, 2012
Responsibility - #BlogElul 28
To be treated as an adult, though, a person must have turned 18 or even 21 in some jurisdictions. The law then attributes full responsibility for the person's actions to them, and they can no longer hide behind their parents or somewhere else.
But how many people really take full responsibility for their choices in life? How many blame circumstance, their boss, their mother, whatever it is? Heck, this trend started with our first parents, Adam and Eve (Genesis, Chapter 3):
It's hard to stand up and say, I choose. But as we go into the final Shabbat before Rosh HaShanah, here's a thought I'd love to leave with you. It's a very famous quote from the author Marianne Williamson, but none the worse for having been bandied about the Internet.
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
If we can take responsibility for who we are, we can be powerful without measure in healing the world.