A Haiku - Responsibility

A Haiku - Responsibility

Employers like them.

Wives cherish them, children too:

Responsible men.

Each of these relationships involves responsibility.


How do you handle responsibilities?

We knew in high school, if not before, that when we started "going steady" we took on certain responsibilities to a partner. If we were a member of a school team, we knew we had certain responsibilities to the other members of the team.

In the military, responsibility can determine success or failure, death or survival.

Parents undoubtedly tried to teach us that, as a member of the family, we had certain responsibilities to the rest of the family in terms of schedule, chores, cleaning, and reputation.

All I need to do in this article is to remind you of those times and carry that sense forward to today.

Are you married, or in a lasting relationship? If anything that has more responsibility to it than "going steady" did in high school.

Do you service customers, or work for an employer? If so, you are still literally a part of a team that depends on you to carry your part of the load and act responsibly, keep a schedule, perform your duties without being reminded, be neat and presentable, and protect the reputation of the company.

Being responsible is a key element of being mature. Some master that element at very young ages, others never quite come to the point of grasping its significance.

Responsible? Always? Occasionally? Or, irresponsible?

It's the measure of the person, male or female, adult or youth.


© 2014 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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annart 2 years ago from SW England

It certainly is the measure of the person. Great points here and great examples. Without responsibility we drift through life selfishly.

There are too many instances these days of those who blame it on society or school or the other workmate or..... and so it goes on. Never do they look to themselves. It takes guts but it makes a huge difference.

Great philosophy.


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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - So true. So true. One of the biggest responsibilities we take on is the creation and raising of children.

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aviannovice 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

I learned responsibility early, which is just as well, for it never hurt me a bit in the game of life. As a matter of fact, it strengthened the rest of my character.

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Perspycacious 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - Responsibility seems to me to derive from self-discipline and that is a trait that some never seem to master. With your comment I sense that you have, and that you did so a beneficially distant time ago. Hip, hip.....Hooray!

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