The great lie was that the little computers in our pockets would give us the ultimate freedom. But the problem with being able to be anywhere we want at any time is that we give up ever fully being where we actually are. We are perpetually both here and there which means we are always in between. Forever coming or going–never fully stopped; feet planted; feeling the earth beneath our toes. That’s real freedom. Not another notification for another new message on another app for another product we hope might make our lives better. We didn’t cut the cord when we chose cell phones. We became the cord. Forever tethered to a million places at once. Giving the whole world access to us on their schedule and at all times. We’ve been duped. Leave it in your room. Leave it in your car. Leave it on the charger. Leave it turned off. Leave it at home altogether.Maybe not always. But far more often than we usually do. We have the keys to our own handcuffs. We just have to have the guts to use them. If this makes you anxious–good. Me too. Let’s do hard things together.Freedom is on the other side. Real freedom. The kind that makes us feel more human and connected and alive. — Chris Field
A gift you can give yourself right now:
Stop what you’re doing.
Close your eyes.
For the next 60 seconds, just…..breathe.
Instead of asking …
“What do I want from life?”
…a more powerful question is
“What does life want from me?””
— Eckhart Tolle
|“A day wasted on others is not wasted on one’s self.”|
– Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”
“The Music Department is an alternate universe where pupils are often unrecognizable from who they are outside of it. The shy become confident. The agitated become calm. The lonely become included. The quiet become heard. And the lost become found. Music reveals the real child.”
— Vaughan Fleischfresser
These hard times, this pain, these lessons…one day they’ll be your strength, your awareness, your blessings.
Stop expecting honestoy from people who lie to themselves.
You’ll never look good trying to make someone look bad.
Save your explanation for those that are determined to understand you…and give your silence to those that are determined to misunderstand you.
Your life is too short to be unhappy 5 days a week in exchange for 2 days of freedom.
Anything you LOSE when you stand up for yourself, protect your boundaries and begin to grow…was not meant to STAY.
Don’t be upset about being disrespected by people you don’t respect.
If you are easily provoked you are easily controlled…restraint is a superpower.
“To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don’t grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.” – Alan Watts