A Powerful Habit: Responsibility

Responsibility means doing what you’re supposed to do even when you don’t feel like it. ~Patricia Ortega, Mental Health Counselor.

Responsibility is a habit, a powerful habit. It is a habit that I strive toward daily in my life’s journey and I know I am not alone. I don’t think anyone gets up in the morning and says, “Today, I’m going work hard to build bad habits.” On the contrary, we all genuinely want to become better individuals. We all want to make our good habits better.

Here are my five ways, in no particular order, to build the powerful habit of responsibility.

Be polite: People may not remember what you did, but they will remember how you made them feel. You don’t have to know someone to say good morning, hello, or share your smile. Hold the door for the person behind you. Let someone else go ahead of you in line. Wake up each day and vow to be polite.

Be a good listener: Fight, fight, fight that urge to interrupt. In our family, we regularly interrupt each other. We definitely have to work harder on this one! Don’t finish other people’s sentences, unless you’re a mind reader and know what they want to say! Watch that wandering mind and bring it back to the conversation.

English: Houston, TX., 9/10/2005 -- Vicki LaTo...

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Be “present” in the company of others: Have you ever noticed how someone picks up his/her cell phone while in the company of others and proceeds to have a conversation or exchange texts? If you’re expecting an important call or message, state it ahead of time. All other calls, tweets, texts, or updates can wait. Enjoy the human interaction. Recently, I was at a restaurant and every member of a family of four was on the phone or other electronic device while they were waiting to be served.

Dress appropriately: I firmly believe that we ought to dress to suit the occasion. I don’t wear a blouse and slacks to the beach, so I certainly won’t wear a low-cut top and ripped jeans to a meeting with my child’s teacher.

Be reflective: One might ask, “How can being reflective help me to be responsible”? Reflecting on our day, an event, a situation, or even a moment can help us to focus on what matters. Reflecting keeps us thoughtful, grounded, and balanced.

As an adult, when I keep these five points in mind and act upon them, I know that I am doing what I’m supposed to do even when I don’t feel like it. I’m working toward being more responsible.

Curves at the Gardiner Museum

Photo taken at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada

Photo taken at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, Canada

So I missed the curves photo challenge by a day! I’m still posting  my photo and keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t get a big red X next to my name for late submission! I took these photos at the Gardiner Museum in Toronto last summer. I have no information about this vase except that it must be well liked because it’s featured on two pages on the museum’s website. Why did I take a photo of this vase? It caught my eye. It’s a great piece of art.

9/11 in our thoughts forever

I often wonder what fleeting thoughts went through the minds of those who perished in the World Trade Center attack on that fateful day on September 11, 2001. Last year, I visited the 911 Memorial and took this photo of the arrangement of their names in the American flag.

I chose to share this photo for this week’s photo challenge on the idea of “fleeting.

Their thoughts might have been fleeting, but they will be in our thoughts forever.

This flag is created from the names of those who perished in the 911 attack.

This flag is created from the names of those who perished in the 911 attack.

The Best Way to Eat a Mango…

The best way to eat a ripened mango is to lean over the kitchen sink, plant your elbows firmly in place, make a small opening at the top, peel back the smooth, soft skin with your teeth, and then bite into the sweet, scrumptious, luscious, velvety flesh of the mango.

Ready to be eaten!

Ready to be eaten!

As the sweetness of this fruit begins to satisfy you, you may forget all the lessons your mama taught you about eating politely and might find yourself licking the juices that ran down your forearm and sucking the fibers on the mango pit until it’s dry. If this happens to you, then you know that you have most certainly entered into mango paradise. If you haven’t eaten a mango in this fashion, then you haven’t truly enjoyed a mango. Of course, I am the queen of opinions with this King of Fruits.

mango pit

It is said that the mango was first grown in India over 4, 000 years ago. You can now find hundreds of varieties of mango trees in tropical and subtropical countries around the world. This fruit is rich in vitamins A and C. It is also high in potassium and fiber.

Mangoes are best if you leave them to ripen on the tree, however you can still enjoy the deliciousness if you pick them when they are full (beginning to ripen) and leave them out at room temperature or enclose them in a brown paper bag.

I’ve been enjoying mangoes for decades – I grew up with mango trees in South America and when I moved to Miami, I felt right at home. Mangoes are in full bloom in June in Miami; ’tis the season of mango madness for me! It is my favorite fruit and I just go crazy with all the mouth-watering mangoes that come into our home.

Mangoes in bloom

Mangoes in bloom

What is your favorite fruit? I’d love to hear about it.

Ah, some music just floated to my ears – the thump of my neighbor’s mango falling in my backyard. It must be time to head to the kitchen sink!

You don't always have to stand over the kitchen sink to eat a mango!

You don’t always have to stand over the kitchen sink to eat a mango!

Pay Attention to the Signs!

I knew it. I just knew exactly what photo I would contribute to this week’s photo challenge as soon as I read about it. However, when I dug into my digital file of photos, I began to hem and haw. Why post one, when I can post four photos.

I photographed this door sign in an apartment building for seniors.

Door sign

I took this photo while riding the NY city subway.

In a NY train

In a NY train

I’m not so sure exactly where in NY I found this one.

In NY city

In NY city

I was on a bus tour of NYC when I came across this one. It got me wondering if there was a “honk police” patrolling the area to catch those honkers. Was there video camera that caught the honking sound as well as the license’s plate?

In Manhattan, NY

In Manhattan, NY