Countless times I’ve heard, and used, the expression: “Excuses are like assholes, everybody’s got one”. There were times when I wanted to say it, too but, couldn’t. That really should be “some” instead of “one” though, because where there’s one, there’s more. At least, that’s been my experience. Over the years, I’ve heard a lot of excuses – as a parent, from kids and as a boss, from employees. I wouldn’t even attempt to list all the excuses I’ve heard over the years, as there have been way too many. I doubt I could list even half of the excuses that I have come up with, either but, I’m pretty sure I never came up with anything original in that regard.
However, I have come to some realizations about the excuses I’ve used: every single time I made an excuse, it was a moment where I was not taking or accepting responsibility.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to make excuses for not accepting responsibility for myself in writing, or walking process, or working on my lessons, or any other activity that I needed to or had committed to do, simply because I had chosen not to do it and came up with a reason to justify my not doing it.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to use phrases such as: I was too busy; I had to work late; I had to run some errands and started too late; I needed to do some more reading; I needed to listen to something; I needed to watch a video or, I don’t know enough yet; instead of realizing that these excuses have simply been my mind’s (successful) attempts to postpone or prevent me from taking a self-honest look at myself.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to make excuses as an attempt to explain away and not take responsibility for an error or fuckup, instead of taking responsibility for and facing the consequences of my actions.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to deliberately lie, in the form of making an excuse, in an attempt to cover up my own failure or weakness – to make myself look better to others, instead of owning up to that for which I am responsible.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to have participated within religious beliefs that excuse poverty and starvation as ‘god’s plan’, whereby I abdicated my responsibility for the well-being of my fellow earthlings.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to participate within and as a money system that can excuse the pain and suffering of billions of people by not accepting responsibility for the atrocities existent in our world, where a child dies every 5 seconds due to hunger related causes and over a billion people go to bed hungry every night.
I forgive myself for accepting and allowing myself to use the excuse that I am only one person and that I am too small to make a difference, instead of realizing that I must become the change that I want to see within this world and that through the equality equation of 1 + 1 = 2, that in my facing myself in self-honesty to become that change, and aligning myself with others supporting the same goals, such as all of the people around the world participating in supporting the message of equality with Desteni, eventually we’ll have a large enough group to effect change on a massive scale, as we commit ourselves to creating a world that’s best for all.
I commit myself to no longer excuse myself of my responsibility in becoming a co-creator of a world that’s best for all, where the basic needs of every being will be met and all are guaranteed a dignified life.
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