Responsibility

4-22-11, 9:31 pm CST:  Tornadoes have hit the northern metro area of St. Louis, MO.  Lambert Field (airport) has sustained damage and is now closed, so if you’re flying through there you WILL be diverted. 

S and T posts to follow tomorrow.

Looks a bit like sunbleached hair, doesn’t it?

This plant (I don’t even know what it is) began turning brown on me, so I set it outside.  I deliberately abandoned my responsibility to it in order to free myself from watering it.  It sat on the table and slowly croaked.  Now I have more room on my kitchen table.  I’m sorry, plant, but I didn’t know how to help you.  I can’t do everything.

Everyone yammers on about responsibility.  You have one to your family and your pets.  You’re responsible for their care and feeding.  Job responsibilities mean you try your best to do what is expected of you.  But what about your responsibilities to yourself?

There are a lot of people who have trouble saying no.  I’m not one of them.  I’ve learned over the last couple of years that I have to look out for myself.  I can’t expect anyone else to know when I’m overwhelmed.  That is my responsibility.

It’s important to know when to say enough.   There will be times in your life when there is too much going on and you have to take care of yourself.  You may have to turn down a freelance job, or say no to a social engagement in order to handle what is already on your plate.

Do not feel guilty for this.  If you are to be a writer, you must make time for it and take no flak.  If your family or significant other understands this, you are the luckiest person in the world.  Make sure you thank them.

You’ll be happy to know the rest of my plants are doing fine.

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4 thoughts on “Responsibility

  1. LOL I saw an episode of “Amazing Stories” with Robert Townsend, wherein he played a sitcom writer whose scripts were being written by a house plant fed by special light from his Television set. And the plant was a much better writer than he was.

    See, you abandoned that plant and missed out on the perfect lackey.

  2. LOL!! Probably, although if it was already dying I imagine the posts would have been more like: “Day 72…thinking about how my shoots will fare without me. The pothos says everything will be all right, but I think the diffenbachia knows the truth.”

    • That is so true, Wanda. It’s important to give ourselves some attention too. We women sometimes have a hard time doing that, we get pulled in so many different directions!

      I have tried to post comments on your posts a couple of times, but they keep getting eaten. I’m not sure what the problem is. I’m still reading you though. :)

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