Gifts of Character – Responsibility

My reflection today is on the Virtue / Character of Responsibility. Responsibility is about giving our best efforts to the commitments that we make to ourselves and others. While we are willing to be helpful, we do not attempt to control what is the responsibility of others, especially their personal spiritual work. We honor others for their work while focusing on our part of the mission.

Reflecting on the responsibility, I appreciate that every person and family is unique and choose what they will value the most. My responsibility to the Universe and families is not to choose for them; rather my mission is to help them find and articulate what virtues they value and teach how to pass those values to their children without shaming or blaming. I take seriously the influence I have on each parent and child my life touches. I must account for that influence.