Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Charlie Daniels on "Personal Responsibility"

I recently heard about a woman who Googled a map on her cell phone and was following it, walking down a road when she was hit by a car, which probably means that she was paying more attention to her cell phone than she was to the oncoming traffic.

The upshot of the whole thing was that she wanted to sue Google for not informing her on the map she was reading that there were no sidewalks on the road.

Has the human race fallen so far that we can't even take the responsibility for what our eyes see and practice a little situational awareness? If you're on a road with no sidewalks and don't have the good sense to stay out of the way of traffic you shouldn't even come out of your house.

The point I'm making is that there is a pervasive and growing perception in this country that everything that happens to us is somebody else's fault...

There are enough things in this life over which we have no control. We can't make it rain on thirsty crops, turn the outside temperature up or down or otherwise do anything about it occasionally raining on our parade, but we can dress accordingly.

If you can't get what you want, take what you can get and make what you want out of it. If life hands you a rough piece of wood, sand off the splinters and get on with the building. If you pick up an out of tune instrument, tune it and get on with the music. Lemons to lemonade. Adversity to opportunity.

It's easy to blame all your shortcomings on somebody else but if you want to identify the culprit who is responsible for the lion's share of your problems look in the mirror.

Take responsibility for your own actions; don't fall into the habit of blaming everything on somebody else.

Are you listening President Obama?...

Read the rest of Charlie Daniels' essay "Personal Responsibility," the latest from the always-terrific Soapbox feature at his website.