You’d think I was a hard-lined Republican with my views of responsibility, but I believe that if you say you’re going to do something, you do it. That if you want something, you save up and buy it. That you shouldn’t assume that things will be given to you just because you are a good person, but that you need to earn them.
However, I am also a person that believes that mistakes happen, and we have to do what we can to correct the situation. For example, that new volunteer organization that I have joined has a 7 a.m. meeting. When I woke up at 7:34 this morning… I knew that it was more important that I show up, apologize, and just about turn right back around because the meeting was over, than to not show up at all.
The positive side of the mishap this morning is that although I left the house mad at myself, the reception wasn’t disdain and anger – it was understanding and gratitude that I wanted to be there. When I came home and was still upset at myself, it was the realization that I could still do good for the organization even if I hadn’t been there myself, and that is what has made the morning better. (Perhaps also kind words from my understanding husband, and the sunshine).
I suppose the ‘moral of the story’ here is that even if you think it would be easier not to do the right thing and go to the very end of an engagement you may have, honoring your responsibilities and showing up will serve your soul better than shrinking away in anger at yourself and fear of the world. Live up to your commitments, even if you think it’s too late. Sometimes intention makes all the difference.
Thanks for reading,
Sarah J. Newton