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Accountability & Blame

You bear the brunt of accountability for how your life goes. Of course there are circumstances over which you may have little or no control which may have bearing on your situation, but generally you are the one who has made life as it is for you. Accepting and dealing with this reality will take you much further in life than to point fingers. Blame is irrelevent. Learning and moving forward is better. It is not simply out of generosity that your should avoid blaming others (or yourself), but it is certainly a generous attitude to assume. Blame only makes the future more difficult to handle, because it shuts down the opportunity to learn from an experience and strains relationships.

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Lilac's Book

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Lilac's Book. A book for my daughter.    By Bill Orton.

Lilac's Book has been on   HIPPYLAND LOGO   continuously since January 3, 1997.

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Back in 1994, I wrote this book, largely in random order, as a gift for my infant daughter.   When I finished the first version of the book, I made photocopies and handed them out to anyone who was interested.   In 1996, I converted the text of the book into web format and thanks to the gracious and steadfast support from this mighty site, the book has been on Hippyland continuously since January 3, 1997.   As far as I can tell from webstats over the past few years, about 3000 people a year are visiting the page to download the full text of the book.   If just a portion of these visitors are downloading the text, then this free book is now in the hands of thousands of people.   This makes me feel that the gift is not just for Lilac, but for thousands of others, most especially for the teenagers and young adults who so often write to me trying to figure out their place in our world.

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