Your Freedom: What Will You Do with It?
All people seem to seek freedom. We desire to leave behind the constraints on our life and find the ability to be less bound by our circumstances, whether those limited finances, unsatisfying relationships or unpleasant and time-consuming work. We can become so focused on having change for its own sake, that can be hard to remember what it's going to be like when we actually achieve those changes. What would you do with your freedom?
Let's take money as an example. It's a good example, because we often use money as a stand-in for our happiness and freedom. We can often find ourselves thinking that if only we had more money, we would automatically have happiness and freedom. Perhaps we hope for better accommodation, better education, being able to be generous to people or one of many other outcomes of having more money.
We pursue this dream, without really going into the details of what it would be like to actually have more money.
Our cycle of constraints
Similarly, when we seek increased freedom we seem to not really have a clear idea of what we would do with this extra freedom. In fact, when we think about freedom, we tend to think about just having an absence of the things that constrain and bind us now. However, having freedom is different from just the absence of constraints. We don't really have a clear idea of what we would do with this freedom and the way that it will change our lives. The paradox is that we might be so keen to cast off the constraints of our life, only so that we would take on other constraints in the belief that they actually lead to greater freedom.
Giving up our constraints
Because pattern of giving up constraints to take on greater constraints all in the name of greater freedom might be what you have been doing already. The constraints that you currently have on your life may be the constraints that you have willingly taken on in the past, in the belief that they are actually greater freedoms.
If we are to seek freedom, we really must get clear about what this freedom actually is, what it would look like, what we would do with it and how would make our lives better. This would help us choose the type of freedom that would actually free us rather than further constrain us.