Taking Responsibility – Embracing Change
Opening up New Horizons
The following is an amusing analogy that I came across some years ago – I don’t know who wrote it, but it illustrates how taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions opens out our life to new horizons of possibility:
I walk down a street – there’s a huge hole ahead. Not paying attention, I fall in.
“Poor me”, I rant and rage. “Who made this wretched hole?“. “How could this happen to me?”. Yelling and screaming, I demand that someone pulls me out. “I’m a poor helpless victim” . “This misfortune has nothing to do with me”. I wait for someone else to pull me out.
It takes a long, long time, but finally someone comes to helps me out
Again, I walk down a street – there’s the same huge hole ahead. I FALL IN!!!
Shouting and screaming I demand “Why me?”. “They should know better than leaving this hole here”. “How am I going to get out of here?”
“What do I need to do to get myself out?”
I finally work my own way out
Walking down the same street – there’s the SAME hole again. This time, I see it, but I fall in anyway!
Feeling really fed up with myself, I determine that this time it will be different. Therefore, I ask myself; “How can I get myself out”? “What did I do to end up down here AGAIN”, “How can I become more aware for the next time”
It doesn’t take long this time, because I remember how I got myself out before.
I walk down the street – there’s a huge hole ahead. However I SEE THE HOLE. Finally,I walk around the hole.
I walk down another street