“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” ~Viktor Frankl
Learning to recognize and take advantage of that space is one of the most self-empowering things we can ever do because it returns our choices back to us. Growth and freedom always comes in taking advantage of those choices rather than defaulting to our current programming.
“The freedom to be yourself is a gift only you can give yourself. But once you do, no one can take it away.” ~Doe Zantamata
How long have you been waiting for someone (or some group of someones) to give you permission to be yourself? Stop waiting and give yourself this precious gift today! You are the only one who truly can.
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“Care about what others think and you will always be their prisoner.” ~Lao Tzu
I used to think that caring about another person meant that I had to care about what they thought of me, but I’ve learned over time that I can actually care about another person better when I am not caught up in trying to edit who I am to manipulate their opinion of me. Setting them free to think whatever they think sets me free to be true to who I actually am.
“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” ~Rumi
We make ourselves small in so many ways to fit in, to avoid risk, to appease others, but we were made to soar. What parts of yourself have you crippled or hidden to keep yourself small? How might you re-open those wings to be all of who you are?
“It’s hard to know whether to laugh or to cry at the human predicament. Here we are with so much wisdom and tenderness, and—without even knowing it—we cover it over to protect ourselves from insecurity. Although we have the potential to experience the freedom of a butterfly, we mysteriously prefer the small and fearful cocoon of ego.” ~Pema Chödrön
How often fear tempts us into being a smaller version of ourselves as we seek to protect ourselves, and yet what amazing freedom lies beyond that cocoon of ego when we are able to face fear without hiding away our deeper wisdom and tenderness.