–12 Lemons (3/15/19)

In Chicago, an art dealer Brooke Meyers (Jennifer Aniston) feels unappreciated and neglected by her immature boyfriend Gary Grobowski (Vince Vaughn), who is a partner with his two brothers in a tourism business.  She decides to break-up with him to make Gary appreciate her. Gary misunderstands her true intention, and both follow the wrong advice of family members and friends, beginning a war of the sexes…with no winner. ~WingClips

In the scene we are watching today, Brooke has asked Gary to pick up 12 lemons for a centerpiece she is making for a dinner party; however, Gary only picks up three lemons. As he fails to take any responsibility for his actions or lack thereof, Brooke is left defending her actions and requests.

Why do so many people refuse to show personal responsibility for their actions or their lack of action?  Why is it the norm to shift blame, rather than own up to a misdeed or a lack of following protocol or past practices?  Why is it so hard for people to own their mistakes?  Why has the obligation shifted from the responsibility of one “in the wrong” to the requirement of one “in the right” to defend his/her appropriate actions?  How will you improve taking responsibility for your actions, lack of actions, or your words?  What changes will you make in your life to better “own” your mistakes and take responsibility for them?

Mrs. Donofrio