Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Five As of accepting blame

From Focus on the Family

Have your children learned to take responsibility for their actions? Better yet, have you learned it?
It is amazing how often we blame others for the things that happen to us. And it is not just a problem with children — I know a lot of adults who can’t seem to accept guilt when things go wrong.
But part of growing is learning these five key principles of responsibility. We’ll call them the five “As” of accepting blame.

First, admit when you do something wrong. Everyone makes bad choices and the first step in overcoming them is being honest about it.

Second, apologise for how your transgression affected others. Make it right if you can. Third, accept the consequences of your actions. And don’t expect others to pay for your mistake. Fourth, ask for forgiveness. Just because you’ve apologised, don’t assume that others have forgotten how you hurt them. Fifth, alter your choices in the future. Decide now how you plan to do things differently the next time.

From TODAY, Voices - Thursday, 26-Aug-2010

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