Day 3: Responsibility
What is the difference between Obedience and Responsibility? Perhaps not much. Yesterday, I wrote about Obedience and what it meant to me, why I chose that word in my bio.
I also used the word Responsibility. And I am wondering what the difference really is? Obedience and Responsibility seem to go hand in hand. If I am Responsible for something or to someone, there must also be Obedience there. To practice Responsibility, I also have to practice Obedience, otherwise I could not be Responsible.
I have three dogs. Dogs and Obedience go hand in hand. I put my dogs through Obedience training and I want them to Obey my commands. The Obedience, though goes the other way as well. I try my best to be a Responsible dog owner, which to me means I am Obedient to my dogs' needs. One of my dogs recently had knee surgery and as a Responsible dog owner, I needed to be in Obedience when it came to following through on the vet's orders as to how to care for Precious (my dog) after the surgery.
And yet the choice is still mine.
Yesterday I wrote about how when I Obey my own heart, I am empowered. And I can still be empowered when it comes to Obeying what other people want me to do. With my dog, Precious, it is clearly in my best interest to follow the vet's orders to ensure she heals properly. I LOVE Precious. When I see she is happy and enjoying her life, it makes me happy.
And so being Obedient and being Responsible come with their own rewards. And I am still following my heart. Caring for Precious after her knee surgery hasn't been easy or convenient and yet I know her life will be better. I am Obeying the love in my heart for her by taking Responsibility for giving her a better life. That makes the money, the time, the inconvenience all worth it.
With this blog, I am Obedient to my heart, so I am being Responsibe to the commitment I made to it a few days ago when I began. It is 11:00 p.m. here on the west coast, and I would much rather be sleeping right now.
I was also Responsible and Obedient to my Kundalini yoga practice and meditation today, 19 days in a row.
My 30 minutes are up. It is 11:11 p.m. here on the west coast. I am complete.