Personal Liberation

by midlifecrisisqueen on August 22, 2013

“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.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Janie Emaus August 24, 2013 at 4:00 pm

So simply put. And so true. I’m looking forward to seeing The Butler.

midlifecrisisqueen August 25, 2013 at 8:44 am

Thanks for reading Janie.

Barbara September 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Beautifully said. We have the power.

Pia Louise September 16, 2013 at 6:12 pm

yes exactly – the road to consciousness is an pain-filled but worth it. the more pain you face will bring more joy for the effort. i can’t wait to hear more about ecuador. saludos!

midlifecrisisqueen October 2, 2013 at 1:26 pm

Yes, the more midlife crises, the longer we live!

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