Breaking Free From Our Self Imposed Prison

a529d8b8388486485aba52f32a1fb5e6We awaken, we stretch, we check the alarm clock, we get up, we start the day. We don’t think about this process. It’s just something we take for granted over our lifetime. Our imperatives change as we age. Children worry about school. adolescents worry about friends and popularity, young adults worry about career choices, adults worry about family responsibilities and seniors worry about health and loneliness. When you think about it , we live all our lives worrying about something.

I propose from this day forward we reassess our thinking. Worrying has been a pattern that has been handed down from generation to generation. I suggest we increase our creativity by seeking purpose in life rather than simply worrying about everyday living. Purpose creates inspiration and motivation. When there is purpose, morning brings a new vitality and energy that inspires more productive behavior resulting in better outcomes. The typical “fatigue” that is experienced over a lifetime of worrying is replaced with desire, passion and a new approach to living.

To begin this process, we need to release ourselves from the prisons we have confined ourselves to. Our bodies and our minds have become shells of disease and ill health. Their ability to provide opportunities to grow and develop have been sacrificed by living a life of neglect and abuse. The older we get, the more aware we become of our self imposed limitations. As bleak as this may sound, transforming the current prison you inhabit into a vibrant and healthy structure is still possible.

What will it take?

Self Commitment:

  • If you are content existing as an entity in life without direction or meaning, change cannot occur. Each of us has a purpose in life. Finding that purpose helps each of us find self worth and confidence. Once we find this purpose, a path almost miraculously appears creating guidance making self commitment an easier pursuit.

Self Love:

  • One would think that self love is a natural process. A life of emotional “baggage”, a life of habitual behaviors that damage the mental and physical self and the everyday stress (which has removed the desire to care) has lead to the numbness many people feel within themselves. Recognizing these patterns and confronting their devastating effects is the first step in finding self love. It is difficult to truly feel and express love for others if we are unable to feel and express it to ourselves.

Believing That Change Is Possible:

  • Once a person finds purpose and experiences self love, it becomes easier to believe that tomorrow doesn’t have to look like today. The one factor that continues to hold people back is FEAR; fear of the unknown, fear of failure. Understanding this fear and using it to guide oneself through the process reduces its paralyzing effects. We begin to realize that success is rarely achieved in a linear pattern. Failure helps us refine our approach and takes success to a higher level. This new attitude forces us to change the question from, “is change possible?,” to “how far do we desire this change to take us?”

The overwhelming joy we experience as we allow ourselves to separate from our destructive thinking and old patterns of behavior leads us to a new freedom of expression and action. A sense of empowerment helps project us forward into a world of limitless opportunities.  We finally realize that we are free from our self imposed prison.

In only 52 seconds, the following video shows us our options in life. Which option will you choose?

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24 comments

  1. truly eye opener

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    1. Glad you found the article stimulating. I hope you have already contemplated small adjustments you can make in your life that will improve the quality for today and tomorrow.

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  2. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this post! My father used to always tell us that 99% of the things we worry about never come to fruition. Over the years I have realized that this advice couldn’t be more accurate.

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    1. Your father sounds like a pretty wise gentleman. I concur with his opinion. The biggest challenge to overcome is allowing the rational thought to take precedent over emotional fear. There is a real balancing act that takes time and courage to develop. Experiencing success the first time helps promulgate the process. It becomes faster and easier to work through future difficulties.

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  3. This is a very good post. Thanks for writing it and for liking my post on my blog!

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    1. Thank you for commenting on this post. Readers have conveyed that comments on my blogsite have helped fellow bloggers. The reality that people share similar feelings and experiences and are willing to contemplate change comes from seeing others that have successfully done so. I appreciate your willingness to participate. I have learned a great deal from so many wonderful people.

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  4. That is an incredible video. It’s a true “dose of reality” for all of us. I know we have all seen elderly people on both ends of the spectrum, yet most of us fail to realize: 1) this could very well be our destiny and 2) we can potentially change that destiny with corrective behavior NOW. Thanks for the stark, eye opening reality check!

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    1. It’s amazing that a 52 second video can dramatically change the way we view our lives. We can no longer afford to procrastinate hoping that some miracle will provide a healthy outcome as we age. It is imperative we recognize that without altering our current lifestyles, our “golden years” will be celebrated with pain, loss of function, loss of motivation and likely depression. The good news is, “THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE!!

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  5. I am 58 and old with disease right now. I know I don’t have to stay this way. It takes me to make up my mind to change. I don’t know how to undo degenerating discs in almost half my spine. I know if I would walk at least 5 minutes every day it would help.I know these things, but I am stuck at lazy and who wants to hurt while walking. That’s the depressed me talking. I get depressed when we talk about my health. You know one thing I would tell someone young. Not to stop moving. Once you do it starts to hurt as you age and then you won’t move and it gets worse. Though starting with chronic pain in your 20’s doesn’t help, but if I wasn’t so damn lazy and did some moving when I was younger I wouldn’t be so bad now perhaps. I hated gym and playing outside as a child. Then again I had mental health problems and either had mania or depression which would dictate my movements. Great article!

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    1. Thank you for leaving a personal message. People need to see and hear the reality from someone experiencing the ramifications of a lifestyle that was missing essential components. You have been through a lot more than the average person. Yet, a light continues to shine with more frequent optimism and hope. You are living proof that it is never too late to realize that changing one’s habits in life is possible. Stay positive and keep moving (at whatever pace you are comfortable with) forward in life. Remember, the tortoise always wins the race!!

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      1. My goal in life is to help others however I can. I have to help myself first before I can help others in most cases. My life is changing. I am a different person now.

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  6. Reblogged this on Advocate for Invisible Illness! and commented:
    Move while your young so you can move when you age. Great article on aging and exercising and moving.

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  7. Okay, this just made me introspect. Looking forward to self improvisation. Thanks. 🙂

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    1. I am glad it stimulated thought. I hope you find whatever you seek from this message. Stay healthy and happy!!

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  8. I just nominated you for a blog award!

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    1. Thank you for this heartfelt award.

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  9. Good post and powerful video too, wow! I’ve always found to be true that real hard change doesn’t take place until the pain of staying where you are becomes greater than whatever pain comes with having to do things differently. Sometimes though this is not realized until it’s too late.

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  10. I used to tell my patients that 1 letter in the alphabet representing 2 different words are responsible for a change in human behavior. The letter is “P”. The two words are PAIN and PLEASURE. Once a person experiences too much of either, behavior modification begins. It’s a shame that knowledge and common sense isn’t enough to motivate behavioral changes!

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  11. Change IS Possible-I believe!!

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  12. Great video, sure makes you stop and think. As my husband I are nearing 50 we find ourselves thinking about our health and time more and more. Great post as usual.

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  13. Ben Vaughn · · Reply

    This is a lovely post. And I totally agree. I am working on a sermon for my Unitarian Fellowship (on March 20th) the topic being Liberation. Specifically the liberation of the self. I was wondering if, attributed, I could quote a portion of your points. Thanks.

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    1. You are more than welcomed to use any part of my writings that inspires your congregation to live a life of greater passion; full of purposeful living and balanced to experience a superior quality of life. My blog site is my attempt to thank the world for the opportunities I’ve been blessed with and to provide useful tools and information so that others gain knowledge how to experience healthier and happier lives.
      Your willingness to share my words with your congregation is both humbling and appreciated. I welcome your future comments and look forward to the opportunity of meeting your members if they choose to read my articles. Like you, my mission is to help serve as many people as possible.

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