When I talk about responsibility, I am really talking about having power. Blame is about giving away one’s power. Responsibility gives us the power to make changes in our lives. If we play the victim role, then we are using our personal power to be helpless. If we decide to accept responsibility, then we don’t waste time blaming somebody or something out there. . . .
If we can use our problems and illnesses as opportunities to think about how we can change our lives, we have power.
Louise L. Hay, The Power Is Within You, p. 5