The Blame Game
The blame game is easy to play and I would venture to say that we’ve all played it in our lifetime. The only rule in the game is that you always point the finger at other people or other situations instead of fully accepting responsibility for what is. Simple, huh? That is why so many people play. It’s simple. The real question is, who wins the game?
I have found myself playing the blame game many times in my life. Situations such as the death of my mother, the break-up of my relationship, difficulty on the job, family issues, and financial challenges, all led to me wanting to blame others. I wanted to blame God for my mother’s death. I always wanted to blame co-workers for unhealthy work environments. I had a pattern of pointing the finger at other family members during times of disagreement or different views on things. Even now, there are times when I catch myself playing the game.
What I’ve come to realize is that playing the blame game solves no problems and brings no solutions or real peace. It was only when I looked inside myself for the cause that I was able to learn from the effect. I reminded myself of the truth that our every thought and action is the cause that leads to the effect. When we play the blame game, it translates into us blaming other people or situations for our own thoughts and actions.
Your situation is your situation. It is what you’ve created. Blaming others or expecting others to change your situation keeps you bound to that situation. I have come to realize that my occasional discord with co-workers, family, or other situations does not happen outside myself. Discord is an inside job just as harmony is an inside job. I have found it just as counter-productive to blame myself. There’s really no need to play the blame game at all. Blaming ones self also leads to no real solutions or lessons learned. There are no rights or wrongs, only lessons to be learned. When we play the blame game we get focused on the blaming and miss out on the lesson.
I am committed to looking inward in every situation. Not in an effort to blame, but in an effort to think about the cause and learn from it. When we are able to learn from our situations, we are able to express gratitude for the lesson learned. No blaming, just gratitude to the many teachers in our lives who taught us the lessons. Whether it is our X, our co-workers, or other challenging situations, we can see them all as our teachers because they taught us a lesson in life. It is certainly more difficult than playing the blame game. It takes more work and honesty with self but the peaceful rewards and personal growth are priceless and life changing.
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