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Virtue of the Week – Responsibility

Virtue of the Week focuses on building peaceful and caring communities through understanding and fostering the practice of virtues. The Source supports the Virtues Project and will publish one virtue developed by the project each week.


Responsibility is the willingness to be accountable for our choices. Others can depend on us to do what we say we will do and to give our best effort. We take on what is ours to do with commitment and reliability. It is important to discern what responsibility belongs to us, and what belongs to others. Taking on another’s spiritual work deprives us both. When we make mistakes, we have the courage to change for the better. We make amends instead of excuses. We have the ability to respond ably.

Quote: “My life is an influence on every life mine touches. Whether I realize it or not, l am responsible and accountable for that influence.” – Ron Baron

The Practice of Responsibility

I am accountable for what I do.

Others can rely on me.

I keep my agreements.

I give excellence to all that I do.

I focus on my own part, not someone else’s.

I make amends for my mistakes.

I am thankful for the gift of Responsibility. It helps me to fulfill my purpose.

  • What agreements are held in our community?
  • What is our community’s responsibility in our social justice work?
  • What does making amends look like in our community?
  • How do you hold yourself accountable? How do we hold each other accountable?
  • In this community how do our words and tone of voice show respect?

Virtues Matter was started by a passionate wife-husband team of social entrepreneurs seeking to positively uplift as many lives as possible. We aim to inspire and empower, to build capacity, strengthen relationships, and help everyone lead lives of passion and purpose.

Virtues Matter believes in a world where people are committed to kindness and respect, strive to be their best, and live with hope, courage, and in unity. We built the Virtues Cards mobile app, an interactive personal and team development tool, to help people identify and develop key virtues skills. We also offer dynamic workshops, online training, and customized programs to help people cultivate these positive qualities of character. To learn more, visit www.virtuesmatter.org.

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