Sipping my cuppa Joe this snowy Wednesday morning, preparing for another long day in the office, I remembered a video one of my clients suggested I watch.
I watched. I cried…and now I am writing.
The pace of life today is unfounded in history: social media, faster cars, and electronics galore at a wink of an eye. This speed is creating inertia. People are tired, stressed, confused, and numbed. Have our iPhones and Facebooks tricked our minds to thinking we don’t have FREEDOM?
FREEDOM to choose if we are going to turn right or left?
FREEDOM to make ourselves better or bitter?
FREEDOM to make a change in every single second?
May suggests, “FREEDOM is the capacity to pause in the face of stimuli from many directions at once and, in this pause, to throw one’s weight toward this response rather than that one” (p. 54).
SloMo, “got to real freedom…he doesn’t apologize, he simply is doing what he wants to”.
Are you doing what you want to? Are you living your life they way you want to? Are you making yourself better or bitter?
SloMo suggests, “Do what you want to.”
Here watch for yourself:
BONUS: Top 6 quotes on FREEDOM
- “FREEDOM is like a flock of white butterflies bestirred in front of you as you walk through the woods: rising in cluster they flit off in an infinite number of directions.” (Rollo May)
- “Too often people think that solving the world’s problems is based on conquering the earth rather than touching the earth, touching ground.” (Chogyam Trungpa)
- “Ariel, listen to me. The human world is a mess. Life under the sea is better than anything they got up there. The seaweed is always greener in somebody else’s lake. You dream about going up there, but that is a big mistake. Just look at the world around you, right here on the ocean floor. Such wonderful things around you, what more is you lookin’ for?” (Little Mermaid)
- “Real freedom is not something to be acquired, it is the outcome of intelligence. You cannot go out and buy freedom in the market. You cannot get it by reading a book, or by listening to someone talk. Freedom comes with intelligence. But what is intelligence? Can there be intelligence when there is fear, or when the mind is conditioned? When your mind is prejudiced, or when you think you are a marvelous human being, or when you are very ambitious and want to climb the ladder of success, worldly or spiritual, can there be intelligence? When you are concerned about yourself, when you follow or worship somebody, can there be intelligence? Surely, intelligence comes when you understand and break away from all this stupidity. So you have to set about it; and the first thing is to be aware that your mind is not free. You have to observe how your mind is bound by all these things, and then there is the beginning of intelligence, which brings freedom. You have to find the answer for yourself. What is the use of someone else being free when you are not, or of someone else having food when you are hungry? To be creative, which is to have real initiative, there must be freedom; and for freedom there must be intelligence. So you have to inquire and find out what is preventing intelligence. You have to investigate life, you have to question social values, everything, and not accept anything because you are frightened” (Jiddu Krishnamurti)
- “Here is Edward Bear coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head…sometimes he feels that there really is another way…if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it!” (Winnie-the-Poo)
- “This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” (Alan W. Watts)
May, R. (1999). Freedom and destiny. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.