Each year around the fourth of July, I become more thoughtful about freedom -- external, internal, mental, emotional, and psychological -- the freedoms I often overlook in the normal everyday "stuff" of life. For example, two earlier stories from my July 4 ruminations...
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness -- about choosing and practicing happiness, even when there seems to be no reason to.
Inner Freedom: Celebrating the Freedoms We Take For Granted -- about the freedoms we have to laugh, smile, breathe, and choose our attitude, even when we can't choose our circumstances.
How free are you right now? Pause and reflect on this Ki Moment. Are you reading really fast (like I often do) to get on to the next thing you have to do, or will you take time to savor, to choose, this moment? In other words, are you present to this moment of your life?
This week I encourage you to:
- Remember the freedoms you take for granted. Think of one now.
- Smile a little more, especially when it's not your first choice.
- Exercise your capacity to talk things out in a difficult situation instead of holding back.
- Decide not to take things personally. Experiment with the idea that it's not about you.
These are inner freedoms, inner self-defense. Just like Aikido (or anything else), the more you practice, the more skilled you become.