I was listening to a podcast over the weekend that talked about what it means to be Responsible.
Normally I think about being responsible as being accountable or answerable for something. In fact, that's how it gets defined by Dictionary.com:
answerable or accountable, as for something within one's power, control, or management (often followed by to or for):He is responsible to the president for his decisions.
involving accountability or responsibility, as in having the power to control or manage:promoted to a responsible position in the firm.
However, as I listened to the podcast, the person talked about it as being Response-Able. In other words, able to respond to whatever is in front of them.
They went on to say that when they are doing what they need to do to take care of themselves and function from a place of centeredness and calm, then they feel ready and able to respond to whatever may be coming at them. However, if they aren't paying attention to their inner space and working on taking care of themselves, then when life brings the unexpected (which we know it does), they don't really feel Resonse-Able!
What an interesting way to think about being Response-Able! It changes my perspective from feeling like I have to have everything figured out before I face the circumstances life is bringing to me, and I just need to focus on my inner space and making sure I am functioning from that place of inner calm and centeredness. Then, no matter what comes, I am able to respond in a way that is balanced and ready!
If you were going to live this week from a place of being Response-Able, what practices would you need to engage in to help take care of your inner space? What choices can you make to prioritize strengthening your internal calm and centeredness?
Here's to being Response-Able this week!
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