Personal Responsibility

“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn’t sit for a month.”                                                                                                                                 -Theodore Roosevelt.

On this day, 9 Sept. 2014, one newscaster made the comment that it’s time the NFL  stopped this kind of behavior among its players.  The newsman was referring to Ray Rice’s knocking his wife senseless with a blow to the head with his fist as they stood in a hotel elevator.  This newscaster labeled the NFL as having responsibility for what Rice did as if they encouraged or “let” him beat his wife.  Since when is an organization the conscience and psyche of its members.  Rice had a lifetime of freedom to shape his life before the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL heard of him.  The moment he lashed out at his then fiance’ the world learned where his choices had taken him. The Baltimore Ravens are no more responsible for what Ray Rice did than then man in the moon.

Having said that, maybe this is the wakeup call for Ray and hundreds of other athletes who live in the lime light.  No matter who you are, you are the one who shapes your destiny.  I don’t know who to credit this to but I learned year ago that “Great acts do not make heros or cowards, they merely reveal them to the eyes of men.  Silently and imperceptibly, as we wake or sleep, we grow strong or weak and finally some act shows the world what we have become.”

Because I believe in the basic goodness of mankind I pray for Ray as well as his family to have the strength to rebuild their lives and shun the external influences that would destroy them.  I also believe that we can all be a little less judgmental and a little more compassionate of human frailties.

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