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Celebrate Your Freedom

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2010 by jamesxavis

“People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally ‘being lived.’ They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates and society.” – Stephen R. Covey

Hello, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful Fourth of July weekend. In keeping with the themes of freedom and independence, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk to you about your own personal freedom. There are times when you might feel like you’re trapped or powerless. You might feel like you’re a victim of circumstance with no control over your life. I’m here to tell you that nothing could be further from the truth. You have the power to make your life whatever you want it to be, but before you can do that, you have to take responsibility for your own freedom. The famous prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr sums it up beautifully: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

Knowing the difference is the key here. Don’t accept an aspect of your circumstances that is not in line with your vision of a perfect future if there is something you can do to change it. If you’re unhappy about your job, your family, or yourself, do something about it. Do everything that you can, and pretty soon you’ll see how much freedom you really have. What can you do? Read every day. Watch videos of inspirational speakers. Listen to audiobooks in the car on your way to work. Learn new skills that will help you solve your problems. Read books on business, relationships, or fitness, and then apply what you’ve learned to your daily life. You can be, do, or have anything you want, but it won’t happen overnight. You have to chip away at it one day at a time. Choose your future, then take action each day to bring yourself one step closer to it. That’s what it means to truly be free.