1 month ago
What if I said, "we don't deserve anything, and our lives are our responsibility? What would you say to me? I find that more and more our generation radiates the energy and carries the attitude of entitlement -- you know what I mean, the belief and attitude of " I DESERVE". Which I have found to be a way our generation attempts to escape responsibility because one does not have to take responsibility for their lives when they believe "THEY DESERVE" a good relationship/marriage, a fulfilling career, good health, etc etc. You see when someone feels entitled to something they forfeit the responsibility that they have to do the character work necessary to have a good and healthy marriage/relationship because its beneath them to be responsible for their behavior, weaknesses, and growth due to the fact that they believe they are entitled to a good/healthy relationship. The same goes for a career, health and anything else in their lives.
Don't get me wrong, we all have a struggle with minor entitlement, but when one's entire identity is wrapped up in how "special" and "deserving" they are, entitlement is no longer a minor thing to be cautious of but a character poison that leads down a road of destruction.
As we go into the weekend, I just want to remind each of us that our lives are our responsibility. Our happiness is not the responsibility of a friend, sibling, parent or partner, it is ours.
Our dreams are our responsibility,
our destiny is our responsibility, our health is our responsibility, our mental state is our responsibility,
our boundaries are our responsibility,
our growth is our responsibility, our healing is our responsibility, our financial freedom is our responsibility,
our success is our responsibility,
our failures, weakness, and mistakes are our responsibility,
our present situation is our responsibility,
our struggles/addictions are our responsibility,
and the moment we forfeit our responsibility for our lives is the moment we choose to be powerless, small, and empty.
Remember, entitlement fuels the fool who waits for someone or something else outside of himself to take responsibility for that which belongs to him.
Responsibility = power