In reading (do you think I spend a lot of time reading?), I learned that the word accountability comes from an ancient Roman term meaning "to stand forth and be counted."
Personal accountability seems to be in short supply these days. Everywhere I turn, I encounter another example of someone not owning up to his actions and yet another reason why he should not be held responsible or accountable for what he has done. Whether it is a businessman shorting creditors or an individual defaulting on a loan or a person not showing up for something when he promised to be there, I find, not apologies, but excuses.
It's disheartening. This disease invades all aspects of our lives, whether professional or personal. I see it in the workplace. I see it in families. I see it, even, in church.
So, for today, I am grateful for those who hold themselves accountable.