“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our disposition and not on our circumstances.”Martha Washington
You and I can sometimes feel stuck in our circumstance.
But we can get unstuck and gain back our freedom!
“Okay!” you say. But how? Ready for it?
Take responsibility. Own it.
Taking responsibility is how we take back our freedom.
I want my freedom. I want my autonomy. Do you want the same?
Then no matter what. Own It!
Everything stated above sounds so beautiful right? Still skeptical? Alright, alright. Your prerogative. Just read my truth below:
It is May 1, 2020, and I am just finishing the final draft of this post. What is happening right now for me personally?
Well, just a few months back, in February, I was one of about 1,500 to 2,000 peeps laid off due to a huge restructuring at a very renowned retail company.
Then the lockdown for Coronavirus happened. All of this is circumstance that I could view as out of my control.
Hell No I say! I want my freedom! And so, I will take responsibility.
Moment of truth:
I didn’t get a 4- year degree and I should have. I never would have been a retail manager otherwise.
I became an addict. Now I have 9 years clean. But still…owning it.
Finally, in my last year on the job, I was ready to leave. 60+ hours weeks were doing me no good and I needed to get re-inspired. They even stole my joy of the holidays! I had been working up the courage to start this BLOG and website and go from there.
And so?…Owning the job loss. Owning the timing. As a member of the human race and as a member of our global economy – owning the damn virus and lockdown too!
Now below is an exert from an article exhibited in an online class I am taking. You got this far with my rant. Oh c’mon! You know you like it! 😉
Don’t stop now! Read below:
This exert reflects the thoughts on freedom and responsibility from Viktor Frankl (1946/2006), a holocaust survivor.
“Clearly limitations and freedom are not always each other’s counterparts. Meeting our limits can often help us to become more aware of inner freedom.”Siebrecht Vanhouren, author of “Freedom, Choice, and Responsibility”
“Viktor Frankl argued that even in the most extremely limiting situations, man has still the freedom how to cope with this situation. As a holocaust survivor, he (Frankl) personally experienced how he became aware of the fact that he still had the freedom how to cope with the cruelty of the concentration camp. Frankl decided that he wanted to live a meaningful life despite the dreadful circumstances. Not every prisoner experienced this kind of freedom. Those who only experienced the limitative tragedy and didn’t experience the freedom to give meaning to their existence died very soon.Siebrecht Vanhouren, author of “Freedom, Choice, and Responsibility”
So What’s Next for me?
What’s next for you?
We start the climb.
“It’s all about the Climb”
A quick reminder and note of encouragement:
You are a Bad Ass! You may not know it yet. You may not believe it yet. But you are! And so am I!
We got this! I promise!
Thanks for reading.