If you can joyfully accept the consequence, do what you want; if it is that you will cry when the consequence comes, better be conscious about what you do.”
— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev
Do only what you can handle the consequence for joyfully. That is one of the strongest statements of personal responsibility that I can think of. All too often, we do things that we know will hurt us in the long run and then either act surprised when we get hurt or try to find someone to take the pain away. It reminds me of the man who went to the doctor, lifted up his arm and said “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.” The doctor of course replied, “Don’t do that. ” Well not unless you enjoy pain or the results of the pain will bring you happiness in another way. If that is the case, own it. I did what I wanted to do. I may have to bear hardship because I did it, but it is worth the hardship. I chose to do it, no one made me. WIth freedom to act comes the responsibility of dealing with the results of our actions. Do we really wish to give up that freedom to avoid the responsibility? I know I don’t.
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