I Was Watching. I Was Listening.

I still remember the first time-

When I heard you say “I own that”.

It was the easiest lesson I ever learned

About responsibility.

Owning our own mistakes

Takes away the power of using our mistakes against us.

And empowers us

To improve.

There are some lessons you taught

That you never realized I learned.

From you.

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48 thoughts on “I Was Watching. I Was Listening.

  1. Another very wise train of thought poem!

  2. You can own something in a good way too!! Either way, a great lesson to learn.

  3. mewhoami says:

    Lessons such as those go on forever.

    • I’d always been taught responsibility but this ‘moment’ was ingrained by it’s simplicity and the very simple nature of taking back power when making a mistake. I hope to keep learning like this forever. 😉

  4. Actions speak louder than words. Is this written about one of your parents Colleen? ❤
    Diana xo

  5. And so say all of us 😌

  6. More like useful lesson learned.

  7. inmycorner says:

    I own that. Powerful words. Funny how ownership comes with age and experience. And the stronger and louder those words are – the more power they take on. Three simple words – so much meaning. Bravo, Colleen – but – where was the doodle? grin.

    • Thank you Stacey! 🙂 And oh I miss my doodles! I am working on a project that has commandeered my life for quite some time now. I hope to get my evenings back soon. And get to some OTHER things I have promised as well. 😉 Not to mention let them sneak a peak on here. 😉

  8. viveka says:

    Love this ….. It’s really easy to hold up the arms and say … I made a mistake. Not difficult at all. My mum taught me that before I started school. The world will not end … it will only get a lot easier to live in.

  9. NotAPunkRocker says:

    If only more people would be willing to learn that lesson…

  10. Robin says:

    It’s a valuable lesson to learn. 🙂

    • Heaven knows I paid a hefty price BEFORE learning it. Not that I didn’t take responsibility for my mistakes before. But sometimes the simplification of something, and application of something, makes a huge difference in the way you can make things work in life. This was one of them.

  11. April says:

    Very true! 🙂

  12. Ah Colleen, this is so great. Taking back the power so others don’t use it against us – I try everyday.

  13. Great one Colleen and good to be able to place the responsibility at ourselves, when it belongs there. No one are perfect, we can only do our best, which also need to be good enough for the moment 😉

    • That’s what I’ve learned to understand Irene. We don’t always make the best decisions. But in the moment, we do, make the best decision we can. All we can do after that is our best to deal with what we’ve laid out for ourselves. 🙂

  14. markbialczak says:

    Some people also need to learn this about taking the proper credit, too, MBC.

  15. lehksee0182 says:

    Great poem! I find it astonishing to see some adults still can’t own their responsibilities or mistakes. I didn’t learn this until I was about 25 years old and realized I was getting no where from blaming others. I was never taught this growing up, instead I learned it through my college education.

    • “Astonishing” is perfect. Sadly it does happen doesn’t it? Isn’t it interesting, after we learn a lesson, to see that others still have not? It still gets me. I always figure I’m kind of ‘thick headed’ but if I can get it, for crying out loud, others should be able to. 😉

      • lehksee0182 says:

        Haha, I agree, and even though people may disagree, I believe we all possess stubbornness. I know I do myself. I think it makes it a lot harder to trust people when they say they get it and they will make the necessary changes or that they want to improve, yet still manage to repeatedly hide behind excuses. I deal with many close adults, one being my own father, that sometimes I am unsure whether who is the parent and who is the child.

        • Lehksee0182, that is something I learned some time ago…. The human nature of “say” and “not do”. 🙂 But if we recognize that we can be ‘ware’ of it I suppose. And in fair play, I suppose that means it is a double lesson on our selves to make sure we aren’t doing that as well. I caught myself using the “blame” word the other day and stopped myself to make sure of why I was using it, was I trying to deflect or refuse and responsibility? It’s certainly tricky!

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