Responsibility: accept or suffer!

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From the “Undefeated Mind”

“In the elderly, feeling a sense of responsibility has been found not only to improve daily functioning but also to increase lifespan. 

In a study of nursing home patients by researchers Ellen Langer and Judith Rodin, residents on one floor were given a plant for which they themselves were expected to care (the experimental group) while residents on another floor were given a plant for which their nurses would care (the control group). 

After three weeks, 93 percent of residents in the experimental group showed an overall improvement in socialization, alertness, and general function; in contrast, for 71 percent of residents in the control group functioning actually declined.

And in a follow-up study eighteen months later, half as many of the residents who’d received plants for which they were expected to care by themselves had died as the residents who’d been given plants for which their nurses cared.

Finally, perhaps the most significant way in which embracing a sense of personal responsibility increases resilience is by motivating action (remember, resilience is also defined by our ability to persevere through obstacles).

In fact, feeling responsible for achieving an outcome may motivate us even more powerfully than our desire to achieve it.

After all, a sense of responsibility often makes us do things we don’t want to do.”
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My two cents: Sedentary is closer to death, action closer to life, no matter age or IQ.

“A sense of responsibility often makes us do things we don’t want to do”, whatever it takes, we have to take action to heal.

Sedentary is the frozen part of the adrenal stress response, avoidance, and denial run away from responsibility.

Healing takes action, no pill is going to heal us.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by rudid96 on August 15, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    Action allows the body to feel alive, part of the fabric of life. One of the things I hate is when in the depths of a PTSD episode, I’m frozen & can’t move, not even a finger. Action is the natural order of life. Even in meditation, we breathe. Breathing is action.

  2. I know.

    We have to endure the crap when it erupted

    Play defense until we can take action again

  3. Posted by rudid96 on August 15, 2021 at 3:41 pm

    Really great analogy –
    “Play defense until we can take action”

  4. I make no decision, resist any judgment and look to let go, distract and focus on activity until the shit breaks

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