Responsibility in life involves taking care of our duties and obligations in the day to day aspects of our lives. Responsibility also includes taking care of ourselves and others.

“Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.” If you’re not in a crisis right now, just wait. In this thing called life we all fall, and sometimes we fall face down flat on the mat. During those on-the-mat moments, we need help getting back up. I did on April 6, 2012. The day Ryan, my first born son, died in a horrific car accident. There is no way I could’ve gotten up by myself. I needed help. Without the help I asked for, and was so graciously given from others, I would’ve never gotten up again.

“Help. I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” came from the Life Alert commercial as seen on TV. It’s a great example of those times when we need to ask for help. A woman has fallen and is obviously hurting. She appears unable to get up. The fallen woman is wearing a necklace that has a single button on it marked “Life Alert”. In order to get the help she needs, she must first push that help button. Taking responsibility for our lives requires us to push the button to ask for help when it’s needed. There are people strategically placed in our lives, including parents, friends, teachers, counselors, etc., who are there for us, but it is ultimately up to us to take responsibility to push the help button.