RESPONSE-ABILITY

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” 

Howard Thurman
Author, Philosopher, Theologian, Educator, Civil Rights Leader

Changes, choices, principles – the only constants of life.

Within the freedom to choose are those endowments that make us uniquely human. In addition to self-awareness, we have imagination – the ability to create in our minds beyond our present reality. We have conscience – a deep inner awareness of right and wrong, of the principles that govern our behavior, and a sense of the degree to which our thoughts and actions are in harmony with them. Our unique human endowments lift us. The extent to which we exercise and develop these endowments empowers us to fulfill our uniquely human potential.

Look at the word responsibility – “response ability” – the ability to choose your response. Highly proactive people do not blame circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. As we go deeply within ourselves, as we understand and realign our basic paradigms to bring them in harmony with our principles, we create both an effective, empowering center and a clear lens through which we can see the world. We can then focus that lens on how we, as unique individuals, relate to that world. Each of us has an internal monitor or sense, a conscience, that gives us an awareness of our own uniqueness and the singular contributions that we can make. Self-actualization in the hierarchy of needs pyramid – the realization or fulfillment of one’s potential, considered as a drive or need present in everyone.              

There are several exciting ways to inhabit the Earth in a smarter, greener, more sustainable way.

It is my wish that TRI will engage your own reflection on your own choices and the ways in which you may further embrace sustainability. 

This is not just a buzz word, it’s a matter of survival and marks the agenda of our lifetime.

“That’s how the torch of the generations is passed. One generation inspires another with a great task.”

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