Continuing my posts on values, I’d like to touch on the value of responsibility (or accountability).
Responsibility is doing what is right in a situation to which you have some real and tangible connection, even if it is inconvenient to you. For example, being prepared before you stand in line at the post office is a responsibility. When you are not ready ahead of time, you make others wait for you unnecessarily.
When we accept responsibility, we make our lives and the lives of others easier. Like quickly ripping a band-aid off skin, there may be temporary pain in accepting responsibility. But in the long run, it’s much less painful than avoiding what you know you should do. Avoidance creates anxiety (which in turn creates other maladies) and can create new problems with others who expect you to be responsible.