Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you. – Jean-Paul Sartre
Freedom. We all want it and we all have different definitions for what that means. Jean-Paul’s quote is one of the best definitions of freedom I’ve seen in quite some time.
It speaks of choice and strength of character. It speaks of the present not the past or future. It speaks of perseverance and endurance. It speaks of belief in one’s self. It speaks of our right to be who we are when we want it. It speaks of taking responsibility and not blaming others.
We are the only ones that bind ourselves in chains by our thoughts, beliefs and actions. At any moment we can remove our constraints by changing what we are thinking or how we look at what is happening to us and around us.
Nobody can hold us back. It’s how we turn the negative into a positive. It’s how we build a strong foundation for growth and personal renewal even when we have been through hell. It’s how we change when no one thought we could.
One final thought which is very close to Jean-Paul’s quote…….
“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” – Gandalf in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring (Second chapter)
What are you going to do today?