“The secret to happiness is freedom… and the secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides
When I resigned from my government job, I dreamt of experiencing the thrill of freedom. I was determined to manifest my new destiny as an entrepreneur. As a twenty year professional in the field of law, I grew weary of punching a clock day in and day out. Knowing I gave it my all on the daily, freedom from lookin over my shoulder for a manager on the warpath was not my idea of happiness.
The freedom that I felt when I made the choice to set out on my own was thrilling. Although I struggled with leaving behind the golden handcuffs of a steady paycheck, I was ready. I could not fake it anymore. I was ready to get inspired by possibility again and start anew based upon a solid foundation. And, I felt truly happy when I cleared out my office and closed the door behind me for the last time.
It took me awhile to submit that resignation letter that would leave to significant change. I had to weight the pros and cons. I had to think about my responsibility. But, I also had to recognize how unhappy I was in a position that had no upward mobility and whose subject matter was growing increasingly just plain nasty.
I was more excited than scared, but I had to muster a courage to propel me forward. And, I wanted no regrets in life. If it would take me at least ten more years before I could actually retire, I was more afraid that I would not have the energy or even ability with two kids in college to restart. So, I found the strength to just do it and walk a new path.
But, in addition to my own pitfalls and daily external tensions, it has been a challenging year. Since closing that chapter, a lot of habitual beliefs have surfaced from childhood patterns. As one of my mentors says, it has been a time for a clarity cleanse of sorts. While I have fallen into the trap of past bad habits, instead of numbing out, I forced myself to examine them. And, falling clearly short of perfection, forgiveness is the tool that I grab.
As Socrates counseled, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” And, if truth be told, I asked and I received. Everything that appears in my life today is in direct response to the questions that needed to be addressed to move forward. Once I know better, I am actually able to forgive the child within who did not. And then, I have the freedom to initiate a new habit of choosing courageous and powerful thoughts and ideas. Nothing holds you back now as you elevate to a higher consciousness. Through forgiveness, courage comes. Through courage, freedom is yours. And with freedom, bliss is right around the corner.
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