SUNDAY MORNING INSPIRATION: Independence Day 2010 – Freedom From & Freedom To

For these Sunday Morning Inspirations I try to offer an inspiring story, or a great video, or words of wisdom, and sometimes my own thoughts.

For this first Independence Day version I’ve combined all of them. I love Carrie Underwood’s story of putting herself out there and going for her dream (turned out pretty good), there’s a good song with “Independence Day” and then a few words of my own.

What “freedoms from” and “freedoms to” can you claim today? What dream can you go for? What is your Independence Day?

What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.” ~ Marilyn vos Savant

For several years now, at this time of year, I write an article or column about Freedom – always under the banner of Freedom From & Freedom To. So here we go for Independence Day 2010:

Freedom From

Those who want to convince you that you can’t do something. Have you ever noticed those who rain on your dreams are usually the ones not living out any dreams themselves. Kinda looks like they want to convince you that you can’t because they can’t, and if you did, it just might make them look bad.

Living someone else’s dream or agenda. There seems to be many people out there who want to manipulate your life and how you live it. One of the best things I heard this year about these kind of folks is: “How out of control do you have to feel to demand to be in control all the time?”

Being constantly available. I know people who are so connected they never have time for themselves. I go back and forth between amusement and pity when I see 2-3 people at lunch or dinner together and each of them is talking on a phone. These things are for our convenience, remember, and you don’t have to answer them. Or even turn them on.

The constant barrage of negativity in the news. Consider going on a “media diet” and pay attention to how much calmer you may feel. If anything really big and important happens, someone will tell you.

Freedom To

Pursue Happiness – This is a very cool thing to pursue. Just remember it is not an entitlement. You don’t get it just for showing up. As Ben Franklin once told us “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”

To Choose, and the guts to do so – I think the greatest muscle God gave us is our choice muscles. Yet we let them get weak when we act like we have no choice in our lives. Here is one of my favorite quotes that kicks me in the butt every now and then – “You’ve got a lot of choices. If getting out of bed in the morning is a chore and you’re not smiling on a regular basis, try another choice.” ~Steven D. Woodhull

To start something you want to do but may not be very good at, at first. If you wait until you are good at something before you do it, you are not going to accomplish much. I guess I am into quotes today, because here comes another of my favorites: “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi. As many of my students will attest to, you can get pretty far on that one. And my thanks to Tina Williams for recently reminding me of this quote.

Live out your dreams – What are yours? Are you living them? Pursuing them? Forgotten about them? I think it is important to remember that there are many many people, both living and not, who would love to just have a taste of the chance to be in a situation in which they could pursue their dreams with freedom. So what’s your excuse? Get rid of it and go for it.

Happy Independence Day 2010

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Jeff Herring

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3 Comments

  • Great article! It can be hard to work at your dreams when it feels like everyone is raining on them. If we believed everything we see on TV these days, might well just go hide in the closet cause the world is coming to a end. Its funny you are not the first person who has said if something big is going to happen or has happen they will tell you.
    Sometimes you have to fight to keep your own dream alive…

  • Liz

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    Thank you Jeff. Independence and Freedom are the most beautiful concepts in life. Some of us come from “Independent Countries” where real Independence is very iffy, contingent upon this and contingent upon that, so you never know really where you stand, so when we get to this magnificent country we are so greatful for knowing where we stand, for being able to experience real Independence, Freedom and Justice and for having the oportunity to realize our hopes and dreams and know that anybody has the right to dream and go for it with all we got and that oportunities are there for anyone who wants to put the time, the smarts and the effort. You are a great teacher and coach.Thank you for the inspiration. This is really a Blessed Country.

  • Jeff –
    As usual you hit the nail right on the head — your Sunday morning inspirations are just that. Thank you!
    Jane

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