Create Your Day

The Freedom to Choose

“So often times it happens that we live our lives in chains,
And we never even know we have the key.”

The Eagles: Already Gone

“It’s better to light a single candle than curse the darkness.”

Chinese Proverb

Don’t wait to be given power… we (you) already have it.”

Serena Williams, Super Bowl 53

Interesting how these sayings from such diverse perspectives can ring so true with such simple yet powerful messages all centering on the same basic idea: Freedom to choose how we live our lives. Each of us has within us the keys to break free of artificial chains that may be holding us back from happiness or realizing our own potential. Each of us is blessed with the power of free will and the ability and responsibility to think for ourselves, to decide what is important enough to fight for, to decide when to separate ourselves from herd mentality and do whatever it takes to get where we want to be. It takes no effort to “curse the darkness” by making excuses, closing your mind to another’s perspective, or blaming someone or something when things don’t go your way. But really, what good has that ever done for you, how has that ever helped you overcome an obstacle, how has that ever repaired a relationship or made you stronger or happier?

The good news is that we have the keys, we can choose to light a candle, we have the power to steer our lives in the direction we want. And then we can truly be free!