We’ve all heard the old saying that “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.” But that’s not true. The grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence. Fences have nothing to do with it.
The fact is that the grass is greenest where you water it. So if you want responsible behavior, you can’t just expect it to just happen. You must tend to it. Are you watering the seeds of responsibility in your own children and students?
You nurture responsible behavior by having high expectations, promoting decision-making at early ages, not accepting victimhood thinking, and not doing things for young people that they can do for themselves.
Remember, people grow through struggle, as the following thoughts suggest:
“What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal.” -Victor Frankl
“Need and struggle are what excite and inspire us.” -William James
“We take no delight in existence except when we are struggling for something.” -Arthur Schopenhauer
“The battle of life is, in most cases, fought uphill; and to win it without a struggle were perhaps to win it without honor. If there were no difficulties there would be no success; if there were nothing to struggle for, there would be nothing to be achieved.” -Samuel Smiles
Tend to your responsibility garden daily.