Although a bit delayed, it was still refreshing to hear President Obama say -- "The buck stops with me." This was in response to the attempted bombing of a commercial airliner near Detroit, about month ago. But prior to this statement, there was a lot of finger pointing in Washington. The various national security agencies blamed each other for letting the alleged bomber acquire an American Visa, then slip through airport security inspite of being on the "Watch list" with an explosive strapped to his leg!
We see similar scenarios of "passing the buck" all the time in our day to day lives. Its not only the politicians. Blame is passed around, and nobody wants to accept responsibility. Here's how we should NOT define Responsibility-- "A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, fate, fortune, luck or one's neighbor!"
There have been times in my life when I have tried to shirk responsibility. But then I realized I could dodge my responsibility, but its tough to dodge the consequences of dodging the responsibility. When we take charge of our own lives, there's one terrible thing that happens -- "There's no one to blame!" Wherever we are today, at whatever juncture we are in life, is a result of the choices we made. At some point or another in our lives, we all have made a decision that we would love to take back. But unfortunately, there is no "rewind" in real life. So its best, in my opinion, to accept the consequences of that decision and move on. Life is a constant learning experience. Its up to us to imbibe the lessons we get everyday and apply them in our day to day life.
In real life scenarios, "I must do something" always gets more results than "Something must be done!!"