“The wise man in the storm prays to God, not for safety from danger, but deliverance from fear.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
In honor of Independence Day this week I wanted to write about the freedom to be yourself.
Do you feel free to be yourself? Do you feel that you are actually doing what you are meant to do in life?
We live in a land that has more opportunity than most and we as Americans have an unbeatable spirit of hope, but do we really feel free?
In Rebekah Lyon’s book, “Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning”, she provokes her reader with these questions and inspires the reader to evaluate her birthright gifts and life meaning. This book has encourage me along my own journey of living a life worthy of grace and filled with purpose. While devouring this book I realized my own life needed some tweaking. The idea of a living a life of meaning using my own gifts and talents thrilled me, however some areas of my life were on lock down. I was afraid of failure, rejection, and not being good enough. In the end I was afraid to be me!
Being the capable humans that we are; why do we feel afraid of what we might become or what we would like to be? I believe that there are many events in our life that suppress our personal road to freedom. Many of these events happen in childhood when we are most impressionable. Whether your parents encouraged and affirmed you, were absent, or just didn’t know how to cultivate your gifts; the ideas of who you are and what you are able to do were cemented by these people. This is both good and bad. It’s good to realize where your ideas were formed but bad if you are unable to overcome their shortcomings. You must move past the “it’s because of my childhood” excuse. You have to make a choice as an adult about who you want to be and take steps toward becoming that person. Other life events that shape and deeply affect us could be a significant move, rejection, a loss, or failure. These things often hurt and rightly so, but they are part of life and dealt with the best when you can make peace with it, accept it, and learn from it. Becoming a victim of your life events can make you bitter and angry and unable to move forward with your life of meaning.
Take some time this week during your Fourth of July celebrations and ask yourself if you feel free. If you find yourself tied down by fear or past events, do yourself a favor and take these chains off. You are able to do it and you alone. Free yourself from doubt and disbelief and enjoy the inevitable feeling of FREEDOM.
“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot
Pictures taken by my fearless friend Kendal who just quit her job to make a living doing what she loves.