“A long leash is not freedom.” ~Marty Rubin …
As a child, freedom to me certainly did seem like a long leash. It meant the absence of those restrictions adults placed on me–my parents, my teachers, my coaches, and so on. You could probably even say that the word “restriction” had a negative connotation for me. Of course, this is all part of being young, of growing and learning, of developing our independence. For at this stage in our lives, restrictions seem to limit our possibilities–the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s, and why’s. Yet as we find out later, many of the restrictions we faced as children and young adults were actually there to help us… and that they did.
Part of gaining our freedom as adults is the ability to realize this truth. When we understand what freedom truly is and is not, we can come to place positive and beneficial restrictions in our own lives. For instance, we can choose the people with whom we associate with, we can ensure we get enough sleep each evening so that we can function well, we can choose to restrict our unhealthy habits of eating too much or not getting proper exercise. The decisions and restrictions we put in place in our lives can have a profound impact on our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health.
In retrospect, I find it kind of funny that perhaps my greatest freedom is the ability to impose my own restrictions upon myself, rather than relying upon others to do it for me.
Add a healthy restriction to your life today.
Questions to consider:
What are some of the healthy restrictions in place in your life? Were they put there by you?
What kinds of restrictions do you hesitate to place upon yourself? Why?
What would your life be like without restrictions?
For further thought:
“Freedom doesn’t mean the absence of all restrictions. It means possessing unshakable conviction in the face of any obstacle.” ~Daisaku Ikeda