Power of Accountability

There’s an honest power in accountability that goes beyond having to admit wrong, and goes beyond putting yourself in a box of failure or shame. Accountability is a wonderful thing that all humans can harness in times when they have not been on their best behavior. Unless you do everything alone, everyone is bound to slip up and act out negative behaviors and use negative words. After this has occurred though, we all get the tremendous opportunity to accept accountability for our actions and words.

Invoking accountability onto an action or set of words can produce some of the following results:

  1. You get to move on. Once accountability is accepted, there emerges almost a segmentation of the actions and words from oneself. While those actions and words have still existed in the past, accountability offers the doer a chance to acknowledge the wrongdoing, and to freely accept the consequences of the actions or words, thereby encouraging a progression, as opposed to a repetition of the behavior or verbal emission.
  2. You get to learn a lesson. After one accepts accountability and the consequences of one’s actions, a lesson can sometimes be understood from the actions, words, and also from the consequences. Learning lessons in life is very fulfilling, and is not limited to a precious few with harder lives than the rest. Anyone can learn a lesson from taking accountability.
  3. You get to own the mistake rather than someone else owning it. This is where pride kicks in, if you admit a wrongdoing after recognizing an action, you’re the one who owns that wrongdoing. If you wait too long, or never admit a wrongdoing, someone else can swoop in and call out the wrongdoing. In this way, taking ownership means respecting your timing and your pride in your sense of autonomy and control over behaviors.
  4. You get to be around better people. This is probably the best part of it, once you start taking accountability, you may have the chance to develop a rapport as an individual who accepts accountability. Thereby, you signify to those right people that you’re a error-making human and that on top of that, you accept when you do wrong. Some will say it’s more fulfilling to be around people who accept their darker side and work to modify manifestations of it.

Accountability is not something handed to someone. Of course there are consequences to everything that we do. But beyond that, accepting and coming to terms with the actions and words drives us into a more advanced plane of human existed. Life can be causal, or it can be causal and autonomous simultaneously. The latter power comes with accepting personal responsibility, and enforces a more fulfilling lifetime.


Earnest Thankfulness

Thankfulness is a learned habit for some, especially those who have previously ruled that their worlds are marked by unfortunate events and happenstances. As we evolve as humans through the stages of perceived victimhood, we come to a wonderful sense of wholeness through the power of being thankful. Thankfulness need not being universally attributed to all aspects of one’s life. It can be used to mentally enforce and encourage good aspects.

I cannot overstate the importance of earnest thankfulness. The emotion behind words is often more important than the words themselves. This is not to mean that one should express extreme emotions in inappropriate situations, but that one should harness and properly expel alongside words his or her thankfulness. The following are things that I do and have done to encourage thankfulness in my life:

  • Mend and clean rather than buy. When I can afford it and when it’s practical, I try to mend broken objects and clean dirty objects as opposed to throwing the items away. In this, I express my gratitude at owning the object in the first place. I consciously consider its value to me, enabling me to denote its utility, hence providing it with more meaning than I originally bought it with. This also means I don’t own a lot of material goods, as I prefer practicality and meaning over quality.
  • State your gratitude loudly. When I found myself in a thankfulness rut, I saw a lot of negativity. I did not often recognize things to be thankful for. Since shifting my consciousness to a more open thought paradigm, I see better the beauty in people’s actions. I recognize when people go out of their way to do something for me. And I become more vocal about my appreciation, expelling my gratitude towards the do-gooder. This re-enforces the good feeling in both parties.
  • Love yourself to show your good intent to the world. It’s easiest to express thankfulness when you are in touch with yourself and when you love yourself. There is tremendous power in being good to yourself, as it makes you much more likely to be good to others. Once you love yourself, you radiate an energy that emits your intentions for doing good towards others, as you do to yourself.
  • Recognize authentic good will. Another component of expressing thankfulness is recognizing when an action is done with good intent as opposed to one that is dependent. An action is dependent when the individual who committed the proclaimed good action requires something in return. When you begin to recognize the will behind actions, and not merely speculate it, you begin to see which individuals are going to play potent roles in your life.
  • Understand your impact. Understanding my impact was very difficult; when you refuse to understand your impact, you perceive that you are not accountable for all of your actions. When you recognize your impact, you understand that you are accountable for what you do. Then you own up to it and move on. It is freeing to hold yourself accountable and to release it. Then when good things happen, you become all the more aware of it, and you can express earnest, unfiltered gratitude.

Earnest thankfulness can be a learned habit and can come under condition of self-love and of powerful connection to the universe. Once you see the love in yourself and recognize good will in others, you can very honestly give thanks.


Creative Outside Work

I’ve contemplated creativity throughout much of my adult life, and this contemplation is epitomized by a college thesis I wrote involving the topic. But here, I’ll address the misconception that I believe is present in the realm of the corporate world. My findings are that if one is not being paid for his or her craft, then he or she is not deemed creative. Further, these assumptions of creativity are very much limited to work with color and shapes, on a rudimentary level. That type of aesthetic work is indeed creative, but creativity is not limited to color-based or image-related aesthetic work.

  1. Your creativity is not limited to your paying job. Just because you don’t own a creative title at work doesn’t mean you’re not creative. Creativity is not reserved for those with the proper titles. Creativity is not something only an exclusive few have. Creativity is not restricted to specific standards; in fact, it’s the abhorrence and neglect of those very standards that begin creative revolutions.
  2. You are more than your career, your resume, your family, your friends. If you’ve endured relationships and jobs that depleted you emotionally, physically, and psychically, you are not defined by those periods of creative drought. Creativity is not taken away from you, it rests inside of you. It can lay dormant for days, weeks, months, and years, but it cannot be fully extracted from you. You always have potential for creativity.
  3. Your creativity cannot be taken from you. You may run out of steam, ideas, passion, money, but you will never run out of the endless pool of creativity that you are made of. All it takes is tapping into it. It’s not always evident that it’s there, and sometimes, you can think it’s entirely gone, but it isn’t. Trust yourself enough to open your own creativity up from the inside out.
  4. Creativity comes in a plethora of masks. You can be creative washing the dishes if you’re thinking about new ways to scrub, new ways to put soap on the sponge, new ways to set the dishes down for drying. Now this is an extreme example, but it’s meant to show that creativity is engaged even in the most seemingly mundane daily tasks. Creativity can be achieved, even in hostile or unforgiving environments, by living in the details and paying attention to those things that consume your time.

Creativity rests in all human beings; it is not something granted to a select few selected by society, by a degreed education, by monetary validation. Oftentimes, societal restrictions dictate who should be creative, but that’s just the false paradigm that we live in. Humans have innate creative potential, and power to create their own style of creative products.