Even when you are actively Pathwalking, there are responsibilities you cannot just ignore.
I can imagine how some people may see the idea of Pathwalking as slacking. Choosing the thing you want to do over the things you should be doing – but that could not be further from the truth.
There is still responsibility and accountability when it comes to Pathwalking. In fact, I could even argue that that is what it is all about.
This week I am posting late. Normally this is out there for you to read early in the morning, because that is the deadline I set for myself. Every Wednesday morning, without fail, for over four years now. Yet this week it’s coming out late.
No, I am accountable to no one but myself when it comes to this blog. I set the deadlines, I set the goals, I do all of the work in placing this out there and maintaining it. I am accountable to nobody but myself and my readers.
Yet it still matters very much to me that this be done every week, around the same time. I don’t like when I post it late because I have a goal to meet and the day and approximate timing of these posts is something I take as seriously as any other responsibilities in my life.
However, that being said – sometimes you have things you must do that cannot be avoided, that are also on deadlines that trump what you have planned. This is where it’s entirely possible to be traveling upon more than one path at a time and they might intersect.
So now what do you do?
This is why while it is really useful to be able to multitask, it is also very important to be able to prioritize. When your paths and responsibilities intersect you have to choose which to travel and contend with.
I am still walking a path of my choosing because I am the one making the choices about how to walk that path, and what responsibilities I need to take care of now and what I can delay. Today, unfortunately it was this post that got delayed.
I had a meeting I needed to attend. It was early, and I did not get out of bed early enough to write a post for this week. Yes, I often try when I know this is going to be my situation to write the post ahead. Unfortunately, I was too tired last night to come up with a good topic to write about.
Yes, if you ever wanted to see a glimpse into the inner workings of my brain, this does usually take on a topical bent the directly correlates with immediate happenings in my world. When I write about this journey what I intend to write comes out entirely based on what I need to explore for myself.
This is about responsibility. I have been maintaining my new goal log for a month, and one of those goals is to get to the gym at least twice a week. Since the meeting I attended this morning happened to be in the town where my gym is located, I took advantage and went there.
This week’s Pathwalking topic is late because I had to take a look at my total responsibilities for this morning and choose which took priority. I went to my meeting and then the gym and then worked to put this out there.
Pathwalking is not about denying responsibilities or accountabilities, it is about choosing them. I am choosing what I am responsible for, and being accountable for these things at the same time.
Certainly there are things I would prefer not to deal with. We all have bills, we all have obligations because we made choices – and we as such are responsible for seeing them through.
This is about choosing for yourself. Even when those choices involve things you don’t want but have to do, you get to choose to be accountable and responsible and you do them.
I thoroughly believe the world would be a much, much better place if more people were responsible and accountable. How often is blame cast for problems, how frequently do mistakes get swept under the rug, how many times do we look to higher powers to solve our issues rather than be accountable for them ourselves?
All you have to do is look at many examples of American government and elements of our corporate culture. Nobody takes responsibility for anything, and they certainly don’t care to be accountable either. It’s all about blame, it’s all about pushing away responsibility and accountability. Can you imagine just how much these entities could do for the world if they just acted responsibly instead of in their own very selfish interests?
Pathwalking doesn’t get you out of being responsible and accountable for your actions, your plans, your paths in life. It is about taking control, making active choices and as such taking on the responsibility for your own destiny and accountability for how you live your life.
Are you accountable for who you are and what you do?
GOAL LOG – Week 4:
Diet: I continue tracking what I am eating daily. Still working on keeping with it and sticking to it. Trying to be more cognizant of my choices.
Exercise: Fencing happened twice last week, and a lot of walking, but I did not get to the gym at all. Still need to exercise more.
Writing: Only got in a day’s worth. I need to put more time in my writing.
Onwards and forwards!
This is the two-hundred fourteenth entry in my series. These weekly posts are ideas and my personal experiences in walking along the path of life. I share this journey as part of my personal desire to make a difference in this world along the way.
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