personal responsibility

We need to start having honest discussions in America about the truth that there are radicalized Christians living here. One example would be the so-called Dominionists, who believe that humanity must exercise dominion over (i.e., have blatant disregard for)  the planet in order for Christ to come again. It’s fine to believe that nonsense if…

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When I was younger, much younger, I didn’t have the courage or confidence to take responsibility for what I wanted and needed. The result was that I became a master manipulator. If I didn’t feel a relationship was serving me, whether a friendship or a romantic relationship, I didn’t have the courage to just tell…

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Manipulation never has a positive impact on any kind of relationship. Be truthful and forthcoming and let the chips fall where they may. People always have the right to choose whether to meet your requests and needs or to take a pass. Manipulating them into doing so is a temporary fix at best that always…

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We all need to learn to trust our gut. Perhaps I need to learn it most of all. As the world of spirituality increases, one of the problems is that there isn’t any central body that licenses or otherwise acknowledges teachers. That means there isn’t a central body that can discipline them, either. Of course,…

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The recent flurry of publicity around criminal behavior of athletes, from domestic violence to sexual assault and from college to professional, brings the issue of role models front and center once again. While there is nothing wrong with making a lot of money, that ability alone doesn’t constitute a person worthy of imitation. More important…

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There seems to be a lot of people trying to evade personal responsibility in the public eye lately. Whether it’s sports stars, local political figures, or just your average person, we seem to have lost sight of one of the more essential truths of life: We, and only we, are responsible for our feelings, thoughts,…

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It’s more than a little disappointing that some charities are being critical of the ALS ice bucket challenge because more people die each year from their issue than from ALS. I guarantee you wouldn’t feel that way if you or someone you loved had ALS. There is more than one good cause in the world, but…

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There will always be those who don’t like the decisions we make, especially when our decisions call others into a stance of assuming an appropriate level of responsibility. You only have to ask any college or university professor to discover we have a generation of young adults who believe they deserve life handed to them…

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