Responsibilities

Always remember that you have a responsibility to keep your word with others and especially yourself.

I made a promise to myself that I would write a blog post every week this year. I try to write a little each day.

Unfortunately this week got away from me. Today, Sunday, is the first time I have taken the time to write anything.

I’m not happy that I let myself neglect my writing practice. I’m not happy that in the busyness of life I found it just easier to skip it each day, telling myself I’ll have time tomorrow.

However that’s over, and I can’t change what I did or didn’t do last week. I can only change this moment.

“The wise man is like a dog leashed to a cart, running alongside and smoothly keeping pace with it, while a foolish man is like a dog that struggles against the leash but finds himself dragged alongside the cart anyway. Either we accept what happens, run alongside smoothly, and try to make the best with it, or, we complain about the situation, get miserable, and get dragged behind anyway because we cannot change it.” – Zeno

I have accepted the responsibility to get a blog post out this week. I won’t complain. I am just happy I kept my promise to myself.

Next week I will return to my discussion of the four Stoic virtues. I will discuss discipline, which I need to find a little more of in my writing practice. But life is a continuous journey.

Meaning

What is meaning?

The Oxford Language definition is important or worthwhile quality; purpose.

Where do you find meaning in your life? Where do you find purpose?

“What matters therefore, is not the meaning of life in general but rather the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment.” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, p. 108.

Do we ever truly find meaning? Or does meaning change over time?

What has meaning today may not have meaning tomorrow.

“In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only answer by being responsible.” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, p. 109.

What are you responsible for? Who are you responsible to?

Life has meaning when you are responsible to something greater than yourself. Everything I do is for my wife and children. How I carry myself. The job I do at work.

I do my job as I hope that the administrators and teachers in my children’s school are doing there’s.

I always remember that every student is someone’s child. Someone loves and cares for that child. It is my responsibility to give them everything I can to improve their lives.

“Choice of attention – to pay attention to this and ignore that – is to the inner life what choice of action is to the outer. In both cases man is responsible for his choice and must accept the consequences.” – W. H. Auden

Meaning can change from day to day, moment to moment. What has your attention in this moment?

Our attention is dragged in a million different directions. Make sure what you allow to capture your attention is worth the meaning you give to it or suffer the consequences.