Responsibility can take on many forms. There are many things that we can do and many ways that we can think. After Forgiveness teaches us how to accept that the world can change outside of our control, the spirit of Responsibility teaches us that there are spaces in the world where we do have an influence. So what then is Responsibility? Etymologically, responsibility is one's ability to respond. Socially, it's a response to that which needs to be accomplished. Following this definition, however, I'd like to introduce a new concept; one that I have titled “The Theory of Responsibility.”
The Theory of Responsibility: If you notice that something needs to be done and you also acknowledge that no one else has committed to it, then through your awareness to that need, it is now your responsibility.
What does this mean? This means we must be both attentive and committed to action. This means that we don the courage for initiative. This can be something simplistic such as some litter on the street that you notice then properly discard or it can be something much more profound such as Mother Teresa's vocation to feed the children of Calcutta. The comprehension of Responsibility is the awareness to a personal call to action. There are times when you will personally need to accept actions as your own. When no one else is doing something that you feel ought to be done, do it yourself! To notice it and then ignore it can be considered laziness. This is why Sloth has been categorized as a deadly sin. It is your responsibility to create action where there is none.