“My belief is that personal freedom cannot grow beyond personal responsibility. The more people that learn to be fully accountable for their lives, the more freedom each of us can enjoy and the more fulfilling all of our lives will be.” – Ross Parmenter
Put another way, we are limited in our ability to create our lives, as we would have them, to extent that we blame others (including ourselves) (for anything).
I have written about this before and it cannot be repeated enough. When we take responsibility for everything we have (and don’t have) in life, we can have anything we want in life.
Many people though, confuse taking responsibility with blaming-themselves or wanting-to-control-everything.
That’s a mistake of interpretation.
Taking responsibility, responsibly, means that we acknowledge that we had some role in creating every aspect of our lives.
Are there things beyond our control? Absolutely.
Is there anything we can’t perceive constructively and act intelligently towards? Nope.
For another perspective, I offer the words of the Dalai Lama:
“In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.” – Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama)