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ABLE TO RESPOND: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

ABLE TO RESPOND: Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom)

Another IPS (Inner Peace Symptom):  an understanding that “responsibility” is just another word for “being able to respond.”  [Screaming at the top of your lungs is one response, but it isn’t the only one….]

This lovely little two-minute clip “Taking Ownership” by Sarang Yande makes a point we often forget:  When one person (even a very little person) accepts ownership of a problem, amazing things can happen….

As Nathaniel Branden points out, in his book TAKING RESPONSIBILITY:  Self-Reliance and the Accountable Life, “If something is wrong, the question to ask ourselves is:  “Are there actions I can take to improve or correct the situation?”  (The emphasis is mine.)

It may be only a little thing that you personally can do, but those little things are often pivotal if you’re aiming to live a life with meaning and mana.

The alternative to taking ownership of a problem is illustrated by this You-Tube video “Stuck on an Escalator – Take Action” posted by Motivating Success….


Here’s a poem:


And life goes on…

Whatever is happening

Does a slow and stately dance,

Flowing like dark molasses, heavy and dense,

Or else it tumbles like some hip-hopping crew

Zit-zack-zuck, whizzing by,

All the many, many parts

Zooming, on the fly.


Me, I’m just one little bit –

A ‘one’, a ‘zero’, a spectator, really –

Trying (in my way) to see

The whole meshugennah thang,

Trying to go for the grace,

Step-step-stepping lightly,

Looking for the beauty,

And helping other people play.


I can just do little things:

Lend a hand when I can,

Do the small move that evokes a quiet smile,

Turn on the teeny maglight

And shine it on the path,

Turn one small key that opens one more little lock.


And I’ve been thinking…

Maybe that can be a cool thing.

By Netta Kanoho

Picture credit:  Road to Hana by Paul Bica via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

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