Top Ten – Steps to Recovery from a Bad Choice

I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR ME, AND YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU! NO MORE EXCUSES!

I worked in the criminal justice system here in Texas, the TDCJ-ID. Great topic…Responsibility…I blog about it a lot. I am retired and glad to not be in that crazy system anymore.

Accepting Responsibility

I make bad choices. I do my best to avoid them, but I make bad choices. My duty then is to accept responsibility for them by admitting them, apologizing to those whom I’ve hurt, and trying to make it right. I hope I can be forgiven by those affected by my mistake.

But sometimes the hardest person from whom to secure that forgiveness is myself. I hope I’m generous in forgiving others, in releasing myself from any lingering bitterness, in forgetting the disappointments of the past and in moving on to the greater achievements of the future.

But it’s hard to forgive myself. That’s grounded in my pride–arrogance really. While I’m willing to accept shortcomings in others, I expect more from myself. So when I really screw up badly, it throws me for a loop. I can’t believe I acted in such a fashion. I can’t let it go–even when those whom…

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