I was recently impressed with a quote from Jason Leister that went like this:
“You do not need permission to be who you are here to be.”
Sounds compelling, doesn’t it?
Why is it that so many of us feel as if we need a nod from others before we embark on our genuine lives? Why is it that we transfer our innate power to others? Why do we leave it up to others or so-called fate to decide which is the best direction for us?
Why do we play the waiting game?
Why do we hitch our wagons to the stars of others instead of forging ahead in our pursuit of the hopes and dreams we cherished when we were young?
Did somebody important to us – a parent, a sibling, a close friend, a boss – squash our self-esteem?
Did something someone said or did take the wind out of our sails?
Did a major setback, loss or disappointment take all the fight out of us?
Did we settle?
Did we abdicate the throne of self-direction and choose instead to live as subjects to a new monarchy of control, restriction and suffocation?
Did we buy into the trading-time-for-money paradigm for so long that its walls closed in on us?
Did our past decisions lock us away in a prison of despair and self-doubt?
Did we decide to numb the pain of our abdication with drugs, alcohol, food, sex, gambling, shopping or ambition?
Do we expect to buy our way into heaven with good deeds?
Do we think God is punishing us?
Do we harbor bitterness and resentment?
Did one too many gatekeepers deny us entry?
Do we make too much of small things?
Do we overreact to perceived slights, only to realize that the offending party isn’t even aware of having caused any harm?
Were we programmed early on by school, church or state to obey others in “authority” before ever considering the malign motives at play?
Do we long to break out of our self-imposed prisons?
We must bake the file into our own cake. We must not expect others to “bust us out.”
God does not punish us.
We punish ourselves.