Wednesday, April 21, 2010
REASON vs. EXCUSE
I had to look this one up because, I, like so many others in the world, use these words on a regular basis.
Here are the definitions found at dictionary.reference.com site
REASON: 1. a basis or cause, as for some belief, action, fact, event, etc.: the reason for declaring war. 2. a statement presented in justification or explanation of a belief or action.
3. the mental powers concerned with forming conclusions, judgments, or inferences.
4. sound judgment; good sense.
EXCUSE: 1. to regard or judge with forgiveness or indulgence; pardon or forgive; overlook (a fault, error, etc.): Excuse his bad manners. 2. to offer an apology for; seek to remove the blame of: He excused his absence by saying that he was ill. 3. to serve as an apology or justification for; justify: Ignorance of the law excuses no one. 4. to release from an obligation or duty: to be excused from jury duty.
Sometimes in our daily lives there are reasons for which we do & don't things. Equally true, there are times in our daily lives when there are excuses for which we do & don't do things.
To hold myself accountable for my actions I must be aware of my own reasons and/or excuses.