Maybe I'm too harsh with people, but I sincerely believe that no matter what you face in life, you have to deal with things responsibly, especially when it comes to your work.
Imagine a situation where a man working in an office received an emergency phone call about his wife that has passed away due to a car accident. Sure, I sympathize with him, and he deserves all kinds of understanding, love, and compassion. It is never an easy thing to lose a loved one, and a sudden one at that. It is heart-breaking and terrifying.
However, I still believe that the man has to finish up the pile of work on his desk. So the man can do 2 things: 1) suck it up and finish up the work, or 2) ask for help from his colleagues, talk to his boss, try to extend deadlines, etc. Either way, something has to be done so the work is still completed somehow, because time waits for no one. It will not wait for the man for the day when he is finally able to accept the death of his wife.
Is it really that difficult to be responsible when it comes to work and life? I have a feeling that people nowadays are not taught enough about responsibility, but learned too much about rights, for example using law to exert the right that ought to be ours. This kind of attitude seeps in to other aspects of life, and the sense of responsibility is lost.
Every little thing adds up, and that sense of responsibility will build our reputation of trustworthiness and reliability in times of need. Let's all live our lives with a more responsible attitude.