Willingness to Take Responsibility

“What if he doesn’t accept
my apology?” asked the CEO.

“His response
is his responsibility.
The question I’m asking
is what responsibility
are you willing to take?” I remarked.

“My responsibility?” he asked.

“Yes,
whether your apology
is accepted or not,
which is within his ability
to respond,
thus his response-ability
and his choice,
are you willing to choose apology
simply because
it is within your response-ability?” I replied.

“…
I am.” he replied.

“Why?” I probed.

“It’s funny.
I don’t know why,
but just thinking about it
makes me feel healed.” he reflected.

Intuition as Guide

It can be useful
to think of intuition
as a guide.

A guide does not claim
to have the right
answer.

A guide merely claims
to know something
worthy
of paying
attention.

We may choose
to ignore the guide.

We may also choose
to follow the guide
and learn what the guide
knows.

But may we not
blame the guide
for our decisions.

The guide never claimed
to have the right
answer.

Geometry

“What is the point
of life?”
we sometimes
ask.

May we not forget
that we can also ask
“What is the circle
of life?”

or

“What is the sphere
of life?”

We need not choose
to limit our lives
to a point.

Respecting vs Expecting

To expect
is to passively await
in our assumed knowledge
of the future.

To respect
is to actively look
at the unappreciated wonders
of the present.

For each thing
we expect,
that inspires within us
anger-related emotions
like frustration
if we respect instead,
what can arise
is power
and confidence.

The kind
that comes from discovering
choices
we did not know
we had.

Being Right vs Making Right

When
we disagree with someone
we can intend
to be right
by telling them
they’re wrong
or
we can intend
to make them right
by connecting their words
to a context in which
they’re right.

The option to do
either
is almost always
there.

May we ask ourselves
why we choose
one
over
the other.

Good & Bad Things

Bad things
are not always done
by bad people.

Bad things
are often done by people
who felt
like they had no other choice.

Choice
of either impression
or expression.

Not options,
but choice.

Good things
are not always done
by good people,
either.

Good things
are often done by people
who felt
like they have no other choice.

Choice
of either impression
or expression.

Not options,
but choice.

Tight Corner

A tight corner
is a place, where we feel
as if we have
no choice.

To tell someone
backed into a corner
to not do something,
is to attempt
to further decrease
their choice.