The Two Big R’s

Fall Rose


There are two words that I think are very powerful in our human being experience,






  These seem simple enough, but our society seems to have lost any concept of what they represent. If you spend some time watching whats out of balance in how our society functions on a daily basis, I think you will find the lack of Responsibility and Respect.


  When we take responsibility for ourselves, we acknowledge that we are the writers of our own story. We create each situation that we are in, and the concequences that go along with it. Of course this is big, and not easy to do all the time. So we have found it much easier to simply not take any responsibility for ourselves or our lives. Why admit that we might not have made the right choice when we can blame someone else? When we take responsibility for ourselves, the world can no longer push us around, because we realize that we have created every moment in our life, and we can change our direction at any time.


  Respect is a pyramid effect. We start by respecting ourselves, and with that simple action we will respect everything around us. If we respect ourselves we have to surround ourselves with things that we respect, whether that is the food that we put into our body, the people that we spend time with, the nature that envelops us. As we start to pay attention to respect we can’t help but make a difference in the world around us.


  If you start to feel helpless or frustrated in life, ask yourself if you are practicing the two big R’s. In what way do you take responsibility for yourself, and respect yourself the most?


4 thoughts on “The Two Big R’s

  1. For a minute there I thought you meant Rest and Recuperation as that is exactly what I need right now. 🙂

    You are so right Stacey. If people had more respect for themselves then others would respect them too in am ever widening circle. Too bad these old and wonderful values seem to have gone down the drain.

  2. Great post Stacey. I see people give away their power and personal respect all the time so they needn’t be responsible for their actions. How dare we blame someone else for our choices when we would outwardly say we don’t want to be told what to do. Can’t have it both ways. I don’t like to be TOLD what to do, although I choose to be open to suggestions. Causes me a problem sometimes with questioning authority, especially at work.

    The 2 Rs grow around us if we hold true.

  3. This is so true. I see students over and over not taking responsibility for their actions, not only that, but the system actually places the students’ responsibilities on teachers. This would be a great first day of school speech! 🙂

    • Joan: Rest and Recuperation are good ones also. This is what I have been doing very much the last week or so. It would be great to see the effects if more and more people took these two values to heart.

      Gaelyn: Thank you. Our society functions on people giving away their power and people taking power, it is quite sad.

      Erin: It seems to me we need a year round class on this type of subject, it is part of a bigger picture that is no longer taught to our children.

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