Breaking the Shackles
Bound, shackled and in some cases even mentally beaten by our environments, our family, friends, and traditional practices. One of the strongest links in the chain of bondage has been our mindset. We do things that we really do not want to do. We work on jobs that we really do not want to work on. We have become restrained by events or circumstances that restrict us from living out what we were created to do. We have become reduced to making a living for someone else to live out what they were created to do. According to Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Freedom is not the right to do as we please but the right to find how we ought to live in order to fulfill our potential.”
However, there is also that little something that peaks our curiosity, grabs our interests and causes us to explore a little further. It’s that opportunity that we consider when we say, “If I could do it all over again.” It’s that thing that we’ve developed a little passion for. But of course we cannot pursue that because we already have something (our plantation) that we’re tied to. It’s paying the bills but not paying my way to satisfaction. It’s given me experience but not the experience that I really want. Sometimes you just know and you sense that there is some untapped greatness just sitting there on your shoulder waiting to be thumped. “All of us do not have equal talent, but all of us should have equal opportunity to develop our talents,” John F. Kennedy. “Only free men can negotiate; prisoners cannot enter into contracts,” Nelson Mandela.
Embrace the experience of taking the shackles off your mind so that you will have the freedom to pursue your dreams and walk in your created destiny.