Free Your Will

Old Clock by AMI46
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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.


Choose and Commit
Choose and Commit

“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

Taking a Self Check:

  • I believe I am open enough to see opportunities and make the most of them.
  • I could use some work in coming out of my shell and see the world for what it is
  • I used to be very stressed, but now I deal with life differently and enjoy life much more
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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

America: The Light of the World. Jason R Manning, that is what that last picture immediately brought to mind. Not my quote, of course, I heard it spoken by a Roman senator in the movie "Gladiator."

But what a piece you just wrote my friend. I feel any comment by me would be...?

James W. Nelson aka SubRon7


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi James, indeed, America the last best hope. You have paid me an awesome compliment, I humbly thank you. I really wanted to extend this piece beyond typical aphorisms, and I probably will add to it in the coming weeks. Thank you for the support James, I always feel better receiving feedback in place of the big blank stink.


dino 4 years ago

jason, You nailed it AGAIN! I love reading your posts and even more our conversations on similar topics, and as you wrote Time gets away, leaving me days , months and longer to responding to an excellent writer and friend. Thank You! for being you and taking time to share your thoughts and ideals with all those who care to take take time to read and ponder them.


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hey Dino, all I can say is I appreciate your appreciation. Time is fleeting, we need to share more and hold on to less. I really cannot comment on the remainder of what you said, it is special and I will leave it at that. Thank you and God bless.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

WOW!

This is some great prose - I'm not sure how to categorize it.

Also, I love the quotes and the speculation about what time is.

Of course time is merely a human invention to describe things in human intervals - it helps a lot, but it hurts a lot, both in regards to perspective.

I like the Tyson Degrasse sentiment - We Are Stardust, connected to the infinite. Of course that isn't a mere sentiment by an astrophysicist, but the truth.

http://www.singularityweblog.com/what-is-the-most-...


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hey Wes, thanks for the interesting comment, just don’t go Carl Sagan on me or I will start calling you moonbeam. As for time, I am not sure that’s the invention of man. (Genesis). I tend to take that literally you know. Before hairy men and women marked the night and day on rocks, the rising sun existed in perfect harmony to support life on Earth.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

But in regards to infinity - what is time? I don't see how time could exist in infinity because....well, the definition of infinity.

I'm not here to confuse everyone with wild ideas - I'm just confused myself!!!!!!!!!


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Can we actually prove infinity? Can we prove infinite? Who is to say there isn’t an end, planets die out and stars go dark. Surely there is a concept of time beyond us which ages the galaxies and equalizes all living organisms. These are only questions for which I haven’t a clue. The point of this hub is for us to not be so slavish, we create the race, we decide how long to stay in the race, therefore we should be in a position to step out of the race, take a time out and negotiate a better path for self. Would you agree?


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Definitely agree - I dropped totally out of the race after years of torment from knowing that I could never "win."

I like the little things in life the best now - conversation with clever people, good food, good music, and purty girls!


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wba108@yahoo.com 4 years ago from upstate, NY

" 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 "

People may control your external environment, but our attitude is something we can control. This is a scriptural concept!

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.(1 Thessalonians 5:18)


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Jason R. Manning 4 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

@WBA, thank you for leaving me a scriptural comment friend. You are very right and therefore you may see the aim of my message. I wanted this to have the feel of scripture, yet read as a progressively human need. I appreciate the feedback, thank you.


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Hannah David Cini 21 months ago from Nottingham

"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. " I love this. If everyone decided to live this way life would be so much simpler.


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Akriti Mattu 19 months ago from Shimla, India

Nice post.

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