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Responsibility

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Too often we shift things we do or should have responsibility for off to others, whether they are known to us or are shadowy, mythical presences. We look at a piece of litter lying in the street and say to ourselves,”Someone else will pick it up.” We see the flickering of flames in a window and say to ourselves, “Some else will call for help.” We pinch the pennies in our pockets and say to ourselves, “Someone else will take care of the economy.” What does it take for us to take action ourselves? Some of the things for which we pass the responsibility are things that we should be not only accepting as our own responsibility, but actually taking action to make a change of attack an existing problem. The nebulous other we expect to take of things is, more often than not, no one at all or, if it really is someone, it is someone who feels pressured into the role and does not or cannot face the task with confidence and the ability to either begin or finish it. Shouldn’t we choose to take responsibility for the things that affect us and our world?

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Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

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