Free Your Will
Free Your Will
The life we fight to achieve
Time is the means by which we measure success. Time is brutally unforgiving, quick to judge and mercilessly inconsistent. When in pain, time crawls as if it knew how each tick of the second hand twisted the knife of sorrow deeper still. Moreover when we find ourselves wrapped in elation, time pulls a full throttle march to bring us back in balance. The devil never had such an efficient tool with which to harm us as time.
"The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there." –Leslie Poles Hartley
“Do you remember the time when…” We mark events and hold dearly to memories trapped in time. Many of us remember when we experienced our first kiss, how old we we’re when we experienced our first funeral, our first lasting love and so on. We also measure our success and failures with timeline examples, “I lost my virginity at age…, the first time I won a contest was…, and the first time I was fired happened…”
"History: An illusion caused by the passage of time." -unknown
“Can we sabotage time?” Our life is a series of right and left maneuvers, straight away speeding, occasional reversing and hopefully rarer, diagonal spin outs. We time our right turn to merge in a roundabout with our fellow humans, adjusting for traffic flow so as to plan our exit appropriately. Unfortunately, other individuals want our exit at the same moment, so now we must jockey for position. If you lose your opportunity to exit the roundabout, you are relegated to turn full circle for another opportunity. Some in life never leave the roundabout, they circle over and over, year after year and when asked why they didn’t leave the roundabout, they simply reply it was the only thing they were familiar with.
"In one's youth every person and every event appear to be unique. With age, one becomes much more aware that similar events recur. Later on, one is less often delighted or surprised, but also less disappointed." –Albert Einstein
“Exit, stage left…” Friends, are you stuck in the roundabout? Are you tired of the monotony? Doesn’t a change of scenery sound good right about now? What I am asking isn’t temporary in nature, it is not a vacation I speak of, nor is it the latest herb being sold in California. No, I am talking about you reclaiming personal freedom; freedom of the kind where men in power cannot shackle you. Freedom from borders, deadlines, bills, pain and above all…time.
"Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past." –George Orwell
“The treacherous truth of the matter…” What I have to impart is nothing you do not already own. Before you yell at me for obfuscating, please ponder a few more questions. Do you seek something meaningful from each day you breathe? Are you not for wanting to improve your situation at least a little bit? Would you feel better finding more contentment among the little pleasures in life? [Raising my hand] “I do, I wish to lower my stress, smile more and above all, give less power to those whom do not deserve it.”
“I think there's great potential for autonomy, but we have to remember that we live in a world where people may have free will but have not invented their circumstances.” -Thomas Frank
I love the above quote from Thomas Frank, not for its acknowledgement of human restriction, but for the limitless possibilities he conjures up. Did you know there is freedom to be found in gratitude? Can you say “Yes, thank you for today, it wasn’t a particularly special day, but it was another gift I am not entitled to receive.” I have no right to tomorrow, happiness has no obligation to me, nor can I expect good things to come my way for the sake of just deserts. Relinquishing the power of what I expect and replacing it with patience is helping to transform the way I view time. For what is patience but the lowering of ones expectation of an anticipated event? Example; “I really thought my daughter would be potty trained before she turned 3 years old, or why the hell haven’t I been promoted yet?” Certainly the saying “I am losing my patience…” paves the way to solidify expectations and raises the likelihood of disappointment. Hence we relinquish our power one sigh at a time.
“Remove grace, and you have nothing whereby to be saved. Remove free will and you have nothing that could be saved.” -Anselm of Canterbury
In my own life, I want to stop kneeling at the altar of umbrage, paying dearly with time I cannot reclaim. I want to say thank you more, relax more, and put my efforts toward fighting for the life I want for me and my family. To do this, one must give up the kneejerk reactions, quit blaming others for not having my best interests in mind; ignore fads, trends and useless gossip. Above all else, I must cease letting others actions distract me from pursuing that which I find important. In my life I realized I cannot save two people drowning at the same time, I must choose one to save first, commit myself to them and hope there is enough time to come back for the other. It is better to have saved one than to argue over who is more important and watch both die in the process. Keep your promises, but do not offer up what you know you cannot deliver. Lastly, remember you own the ability to fail and to succeed. Neither of these two is exclusive and both follow one another in no particular order. Free your will…
“Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense or reward. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard Him.” -Hebrews 2:1-3
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