What am I responsible for? Gardening tips for the work place. April 3, 2017 News It’s good to know what I’m responsible for at work. And what I’m not responsible for. Sometimes I might do a good job but circumstances are against me; circumstances I can do nothing about. And being aware of this protects me from endless self-punishment. I think of the gardener. There’s a lot of hard work in gardening, both in the removal of weeds and the planting of seeds; in ground clearance and creation. But there’s only so much you can do with the soil you have. And there’s nothing you can do about the weather. Poor weather means a poor harvest…hence the European courgette and lettuce crisis (?) this year. I may not achieve because I’m lazy and that’s my responsibility. But I may not achieve due to a set of circumstances I have no power over; and that isn’t my responsibility. We can plant and we can water…but we can’t make the sun shine. It’s good to know what we are, and what we’re not, responsible for.