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The dog ate your homework?

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” ~Dr. Robert Anthony, Beyond Positive Thinking

Excuses, excuses. It wasn’t my fault …. It was the wine talking …. I was raised by dysfunctional parents …. Someone gave me bad advice …. The dog ate my homework.

When we make a mess of things or miss the mark, it’s tempting to reach for an easy excuse. We might try to save face by placing the blame on someone or something else — even when we know, deep down, that we are responsible for our own mistakes.

In today’s quote, psychologist Robert Anthony shines a light on the blame game. He reminds us that we lose an opportunity to improve and grow when we refuse to hold ourselves accountable. ~CL

Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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