Hello my friends,
Freedom is a big word, isn’t it? It brings so many images to our hearts and minds. As Americans, we are usually schooled in the fact, that because of our country’s history, freedom is very important. And depending on our own personal history and lifestyles, freedom can mean everything. Some of us have had our freedoms taken away from us because of legal problems. Some of us have served in a military role or know someone who has done so, to protect our freedoms. Some of us have lost someone who was protecting our freedoms. Some of us have lived in other countries, where freedom is not even close to the freedom we know here.
But, many people don’t realize that our freedoms can be stolen from us. The assailant is stealthy, innocuous, almost invisible. The worst part is that we are willing participants to this theft of our most precious belonging.
- Fear steals your freedom when you become paralyzed by it.
- Write it down, is the fear rational? Is it a true fear or a fear of a feeling? Feelings cannot hurt us, they are only uncomfortable. Don’t let the fear of discomfort steal your freedom.
- Doubt steals your freedom when we believe in it.
- If we doubt that we can do anything and use it as an excuse to not even try, then we have lost our freedom to do many things we would enjoy and that could help someone else.
- Self-pity steals your freedom when feeling sorry for yourself leads you into a pit that you can’t climb out of and buries your creativity, joy, and potential with you.
- As soon as we recognize that we are following self-pity toward that pit, we have to take action toward anything else, it’s much better to be pro-active here instead of trying to climb out later.
- Ignorance steals our freedom simply because we don’t know something.
- The only thing we can do about this situation is to not be willfully ignorant. Being willfully ignorant is usually a symptom of fear. As humans, we tend to be willfully ignorant about things we are afraid of, but this a great detriment to our success and well-being.
- Addiction steals everything, including your freedom. Unfortunately, many turn to drugs and alcohol to lessen stress and/or reduce pain.
- The sad irony of addiction is that many use drugs or alcohol to forget problems and it creates so many more. There is only one of two things that can be done here. Don’t use to avoid anything and if you are addicted, get help immediately.
- Envy steals your freedom by taking your focus from your goals, dreams and desires, and places it on your perception of what someone else owns or has achieved.
- You have to remind yourself that what you see is a perception, not the reality. You can never compare your path to another person’s journey. No two are the same.
- Apathy steals your freedom by suppressing all your motivation, excitement and interest in your goals.
- Apathy can manifest when you start to believe that you do not have the ability to accomplish your goals. Don’t let that happen, you are the only one that can control your mind. Change your strategy, don’t become apathetic.
What other freedom thieves did I miss?
How do you prevent these or others?
Please let me know and tell your story below!