Today let us discuss the meaning of fault & responsibility. What do these words mean to us and how do we relate to them?
What is fault?
There are four different definitions for fault. When you think of fault, what does your mind automatically think of?
1. an unattractive or unsatisfactory feature, especially in a piece of work or in a person's character. ex: finding fault in a person's appearance.
2. responsibility for an accident or misfortune. ex: they broke the door.
3.criticize for inadequacy or mistakes. ex: she isn't good enough to play that part in the play.
4. Geology - (a rock formation) be broken by a fault or faults. I think you have got this one.
When I would think of fault my mind would jump to "who did it?". Fault to me was more about blame-who mad the mistake. Which leads me to responsibility, what does that mean? For me it meant who was responsible for the mistake.
So what is responsibility?
There are 3 different meanings/definitions for responsibility.
1.the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something or of having control over someone. 2.the state or fact of being accountable or to blame for something. 3.the opportunity or ability to act independently and make decisions without authorization.
I realized that it didn't matter who initially caused the accident or misfortune to occur. Even if it wasn't my fault I could offer my help to fix it. Admitting fault wasn't an admission of guilt. Offering to help resolve or fix the situation doesn't mean that you had a hand in causing the mistake.
We do not have to be at fault to take responsibility in our own lives. We can have the ability to change our circumstances and secure our futures. We can take responsibility to stop patterns in our past and ensure history does not repeat it self. We can take responsibility for our own actions and right our wrongs. We can make amends with others and ourselves. We are at fault for our own actions, however we have the ability to take responsibility and learn from our mistakes.
Take the time to ask yourself how you can relate to these words. What do these words mean to you? How do they make you feel? What have you been at fault for? How can you act responsibly?
Please take a moment to watch this short video. Will Smith does an amazing job explaining Fault Vs. Responsibility. https://youtu.be/USsqkd-E9ag