Response/Ability

Response/Ability

From Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition

Response/Ability

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life is the source from which self-respect springs.

~Joan Didion

the game we play

is let’s pretend

and pretend

we’re not

pretending

we choose to

forget

who we are

and then forget

that we’ve

forgotten

who are we really?

the center

that watches

and runs the show

that can choose

which way

it will go

the I AM

consciousness

that powerful

loving perfect

reflection

of the cosmos

but in our attempt

to cope with

early situations

we chose or were

hypnotized into

a passive position

to avoid

punishment

or the loss of love

we chose to deny

our

response/ability

pretending that

things just

happened

or that we were

being controlled

taken over

we put ourselves down

and have become

used to this

masochistic

posture

this weakness

this indecisiveness

but we are

in reality

free

a center

of cosmic energy

your will

is your power

don’t pretend

you don’t have it

or you won’t

~Bernard Gunther

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