Freedom From & Freedom To
What does freedom mean to you?
For me, a disabling motorcycle crash survivor, freedom means not being in the bondage of depression, fear, resentment, memories of the past or fears of the future. To me, freedom means being free from any Attitude that can disable my ability to live in the present moment. Freedom is the freedom to accept life on life’s terms so I can care about others and live a happy and useful life.
If you’ve lived on this planet long enough, you’ve had some kind of disabling motorcycle crash. Crashes come in a million different shapes: Divorce, Bankruptcy, Death of a loved one and Being from a dysfunctional family are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Attitude disabling crashes.
The behaviors, thought patterns and associations that fill my life today are what give me the resilience to be free from the prison of disabling thought patterns. These three things, especially my associations, were and are the framework of the strategies that freed me from a disabling Attitude of fear and gave me a resilient Attitude of freedom.
When I became willing to seek out and accept the input of people who know how to overcome disabling situations and live in peace and harmony with themselves and the world around them, I began learning specific behaviors that are each designed to produce specific results. I call these behaviors “behavior tools.”
Specific Behavior Tools.
- Accept the Book I’ve been given, so I can Live until I die.
Life is as full of misery, inspiring challenges or joy as we choose to make it. Focusing on what you have instead of what you don’t have is one way to Accept the book you’ve been given, so you can live until you die.
- Believe I can write a happy ending, lighten up.
When I do a presentation, I ask the audience what I’ll do if I really Believe I can write a happy ending. Most of the answers I get are some version of “Try harder” or “Don’t give up.” These seem to be good and true answers, but what I will actually do if I really Believe I can write a happy ending is I will lighten up–I follow this gem with as much of my standup comedy show as is appropriate to the setting.
- Care about others.
Especially while I’m doing something to help someone who needs my help, it is almost impossible for me not feel thankful for my blessings.
Several true stories describe how I’ve been helped by other people and also how I’ve been helped by helping other people. His holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama put it this way, “When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it also helps us to develop inner happiness and peace.”
- Trust God and clean house.
The most important things for me to realize about God are that
- there is one, and I’m not him.
- He’s perfectly trustworthy.
- I am blessed with peace of mind in proportion to how much I trust him.
Cleaning house involves making amends for any resentments I may have caused and forgiving others for any resentments I am holding onto.
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