If we take those two words, response and ability, and turn them around, we get the â€œability to respondâ€.â€ Now we can define the word responsibility as the ability to respond to a situation. Every day we are faced with situations, we decide in each and every situation how we are going to respond, often this happens subconsciously in accordance to our ingrained beliefs.
When something happens and we perceive the outcome to be negative, our ability to decide how we want to respond to that outcome is vitally important. A negative reaction will increase the negativity that surrounds us, whereas a positive reaction will increase the positive energy that we seek to create. This is very true in teaching as well. It is not what situations we encounter but the grace we handle the situations with that determines the outcome.
It is sometimes difficult to respond positively to a negative situation, but a simple adjustment in perception and therefore attitude can change the situation from an issue to an opportunity.
For instance, it can be extremely frustrating if a student continually refuses to practice. Based on our new definition of â€œResponsibilityâ€ we have an immediate responsibility and can create a positive outcome or stir up negative energy. Choosing to be angered by the ill prepared student, will only attract more negative energy and to add insult to injury the student will probably not want to practice at all now. In short they have conditioned themselves to the fact that the consequence for not practicing is enduring a brief lecture. [···]