“It matters not what price you pay, you can’t get gladness ready-made. To get the real and lasting kind, you have to grow it in your mind.”
I’ve been thinking a lot about freedom lately, especially the freedom of my own mind. Then I saw the new film “The Butler” yesterday, which inspired me to write this post.
No matter what your personal circumstances, no matter how unfairly the world treats you, the work you do inside your own mind is what counts most.
Your life circumstances may work to convince you that you have no power, and that you must simply accept the life you have been given.
Most accept this. Many end up feeling disempowered, depressed, and angry.
I know that is how I felt when I first started out in life. I saw little hope that I would be able to make sense of life, or that I would have some power over how I react to what happens around me. But I have worked and worked on knowing who I am and what I believe for decades now.
I now know I am a product of my family and my culture, but I do not have to be like them. I have control over my own reactions to the outside world, and that I call personal liberation.
I can observe others around me and feel badly for how they perceive their own lives, but then I realize that is not how I see things. I am free to see it all in my own way and proceed accordingly.
There is much power in that knowledge.