Posted by Ben Naga
You should … er … Do this
You should … er … Not do that
Thus you should-er the burden
Responsibilities … A heavy weight
Posted on December 5, 2014, in Poetry and tagged Life, Quatrain, Responsibility. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.
Personal Responsibility is as light as a feather. .. or it should be if we don’t carry another’s burdens.. But far too many of us interfere and poke our noses into others business making it our own.. then the load gets a heavy weight .. 🙂
Wishing you a peaceful weekend as I catch up on WP again..
We can of course also burden ourselves by interfering and poking our noses into our own business. I think those Chuang Tzu calls wise do not do this.
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Unless, of course, you are weightless with the ability to conjure weightlessness on even heavy burdens. Unfortunately, I have never had that gift.
Each one of us follows our own path, at times persevering, at others making changes. But are we willingly or unwillingly? Now there’s the rub.
I agree with Sue. We should tend to our own shoulds.
Well, we could certainly. 🙂
Should is a very demanding word. it causes a great deal of discomfort if you live under its command. You do what you need to do and make an active decision to do so. But should seems to be more a command than a responsible person carrying out their preferred activities. It’s too heavy. 🙂
Hopefully the discomfort can wake us up and look for a way to manage things differently.
I learned early on to beware those who told me to do or not do this or that “for my own good,” because they just wanted me to be their idea of me, rather than who I really was. I still pay them no mind.
I was not always an easy child to deal with for some people; others find me quite amenable. As an adult I see quite clearly how that came about. 🙂
Cleverly written – all those “shoulds” we’re pressured into “shouldering”…. A heavy weight! I must agree with what others have said in comments above. Sometimes we need to “cut the cords” altogether and not look back. (Alas, that’s hard to do!!)
I often find it of use to replace “should” with “could”. A simple way of recovering my power. I can then view the situation and consider it from within an “if … then … framework where I have one or more choices. I am once more at the wheel if my own ship. 🙂
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