Today, We Are Free to Choose
If you’ve ever spent time in a “third world country”, then you’ll be more aware of the many privileges and freedoms we take for granted that many millions don’t have. The greatest of these is the freedom of free will.
The restricted access during the pandemic of so many of the things we normally enjoy without a second thought, has given us all a chance to reflect on these everyday privileges. This restriction fostered a deeper appreciation for the usual abundance we all enjoy in freedom of access to people, places and things.
This cause to pause and appreciate more deeply is a good thing. It is a reminder that there is always something for which to be grateful, and gratitude is the salve of the soul.
“Gratitude is the salve of the soul.”
~LeAura Alderson, iCreateDaily.com®
Choosing Your Freedoms Carefully And Consciously
Today… in this era of human existence, you can be free to choose whatever you want to eat, whenever you want to eat it.
However, if you choose foods for taste alone over nourishment, you will impinge on your freedom to be healthy. That frappuccino or donut, pizza and ice cream [insert your indulgent temptations] is amazing… but it inhibits health if you choose it regularly.
You are free to not exercise. However, If you choose not to keep the vehicle of your body well tuned and vibrantly healthy, you will lose the freedom that a fit, agile and energetic body provides.
If you choose to not be fit, then you are choosing to limit your capacity to live your life more fully. Essentially, you are choosing against health. Regular unhealthy habits result in loss of freedom of movement, strength, health and vitality.
You will lose your freedom to feel good about how you look and feel. But, health is about so much more than that. Perhaps you will defend that freedom of choice by claiming allegiance against any focus on appearance. However, appearances often simply reflect choices.
Delay the Bad, Not the Good
When it comes to regrets, no one ever regrets doing the hard thing sooner. No one ever says, “I regret losing weight and getting healthier.” In fact, one community member recently quit smoking and while difficult, she said she wished she’d done it years ago.
As I’ve written about in this article titled, ‘Don’t Wait’, we have acquaintances who chose death over change. And just yesterday a friend told me that the diabetic husband of her friend just had his food amputated. These people all had diseases proven to be remediable through diet and lifestyle changes.
But here’s compounding is a simple principle that works.
When the pain is enough, you will move. Or… you can move sooner.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com ®
Choices are the little things that add up over time. Compound the good things and minimize the bad. Don’t be ruled by your appetites. Use the to enjoy but don’t let them control you.
All the many daily choices add up. Be sure to put the magic of compounding to work for you, not against you.
The funny thing about freedom is that the freedom to choose one, can negate another, so choose your freedoms carefully and consciously.
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®
How to Be More Free
The good news in all of this is the power we have to change state and fate. Our future is not written in stone and our past trials can be used to fuel our future success.
A most freeing thought toward transforming our past into a better present and future:
“This hasn’t happened to me, it has happened for me.”
Revel in the freedoms you have today. And… for your ultimate happiness and growth, choose the greater freedoms.
Appearance and persona in the world is usually a reflection of choices.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
~Viktor Frankl, Austrian neurologist, psychiatrist, Holocaust survivor, author, 1905-1997
“Revel in the freedoms you do have today. And… for your ultimate happiness and growth, choose the greater freedoms.”
~LeAura Alderson, writer, editor, creator iCreateDaily.com®
Free Will and Music
What a gift it is that most of us can access most any song we enjoy at any moment of any day.
Yesterday morning while editing and updating an article for our gardening website, my husband, Coleman, was in the other room having a couple of phone conversations, coaching his investment education students.
He was behind a closed door in another room (his office), and I was in our sunroom surrounded by plants (my office) that’s about 30 feet away. Yet I could still hear his conversation enough to distract my focus.
So I whipped out my earbuds and clicked on my writing playlist. The first song to come up was a favorite from the famous Gladiator soundtrack song: Now We Are Free
Ahh… how that song calls my soul… sings her song… speaks her vision.
But more than that to remark upon, is the blessing and gift of music. The vibration and harmonics do more than please the ear. If music can cause us to tap our feet, sway in rhythm and rise to dance or sing, we can imagine how that it is also affecting — can affect — every cell in our bodies.
We’re only a song away from changing state… from rising, from singing, from dancing and from celebrating LIFE❣️🙏🏼🌎
May you celebrate today. Celebrate free will… celebrate life… celebrate YOU❣️💯🤗
PROMPT IDEAS: Music and Me
- WRITE about how music touches you.
- PAINT/DRAW/ILLUSTRATE: Put on your headphones or earbuds and tune into one of your favorite uplifting songs
Create whatever comes to mind in your preferred medium.
Hello! I’m LeAura, owner and co-creator of iCreateDaily.com®. As an autodidactic philosopher, generalist, personal development advocate, entrepreneur, writer, editor, author, ideator, media publisher, and podcaster, I’m passionate about helping others achieve their best possible life! Our small family of entrepreneurs, writers, investors, educators and creators own and run websites around topics we enjoy, such as gardening, health and fitness, creativity and pets, with more to come.
While my greatest teacher is Life… my formal training includes certifications in mediation, fitness, and strategic intervention coaching, including marriage and family. Today, the synergy of creating websites, articles and podcasts, brings together all my favorite things: family, learning, growth, creating, connecting and contributing. To share these with you is a privilege, that serves my lifelong aspiration to help others.
My personal areas of creativity are in writing, masterminding, ideation, synthesis and bringing ideas to life through business and entrepreneurship, all with a pervasive spiritual foundation with a focus on elevating the lives of others.
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