What are you Accountable for?
You must change your life. Rainer Maria Rilke [1875-1926] Archaic Torso of Apollo
Finding myself in the second half of life, I am noticing very different questions coming up. As my sons are now adults, I feel the need to pivot my attention away from them and towards something else. I’ve been pondering the things I want to be accountable for. Here are my ideas:
- Living in a way in which my will/ego is not in charge (e.g., not reacting to traffic, weather, or the actions of others)
- Sustaining my values, no matter how wildly different others’ values are
- Avoiding simple stories in a complex world
- Hero/villain explanations
- Blaming individuals when a system is broken
- Wanting to always be right
- Expecting no conflict or suffering, ever
- Making my significant other feel significant
- Remembering I am not what happened to me nor a prisoner of my own story
- Living my life in a way that does not harm others including myself
- Activating my soul through creative and intellectual service to others.
- Taking 100% responsibility for the conditions of my life, the patterns that unfold and the choices I make
At the height of the Cold War in 1961, Carl Jung said that the future of humankind hangs on the narrowest of threads, and that thread is the level of psychological development of the individual. That’s a very fragile tether—and true now more than ever. Being accountable to our own development and maturation must be the central task for each of us.
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Thank you, Eileen, for your steadfast commitment to health and happiness.
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