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Obedience or Freedom? Take Your Pick.

obedience 

Definition of Obedience:  Compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.

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Obedience demands that we close our eyes, ears and especially our heart to do what somebody else wants. 

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Obedience should not seem normal to us. Obedience holds a beautiful soul under water until it cries uncle. 

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Thinking that obedience is a good thing presupposes that the people we obey have a higher knowledge, when in fact, they often do not. No one else knows you, why you came here, or what you came here to do. Only you do.

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Life is too short to figure out how to please others and yourself, so pick one.

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You simply can’t change yourself in enough ways to make the fickle folks around you happy.

Give it up.  It’s a lose-lose proposition.

Do what you need to do and give others the golden opportunity to get over themselves.

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Most everybody alive has been trained away from who they are.    

Be quiet.  Do this.  Don’t do that.  Color inside the lines.  This is right.  That is wrong. 

But you can recover yourself today in this small moment. 

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Did your young daily life revolve around approval from others?   Let it go…

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When your freedom is calling you, run, baby run!  Speak, baby, speak!  Stand up baby, stand up!

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“Art wasn’t accepted in my family, so I went to medical school.” 

“Growing up, I wanted to play piano and sing, but I was not allowed to go near my mother’s piano.  She was a well-known performer, sang with the big bands of her era and lived quite the life.  She made it clear there was room for only one musician in the family, so I took a different path.  I’m in my sixties now and I’ve discovered I’m a jazz singer.  I also play classical piano. I’ve got a lot of music in me!”

“I wanted to go to cooking school, but my father talked me out of it and added a little pressure for good measure.  He wouldn’t pay my college tuition unless I went to Ag College.” 

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Once a dream is smashed, it can take even the brightest person years to circle back around and give it another go. 

But it’s never too late!

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Don’t fall for media fervor ’cause that’s just another form of obedience. 

Stay out of the word swirl.  It messes with you.  Turn off the radio.  Put down the foreboding newspaper article.  Click off the TV. The nightly news will happily hand you a head full of gory details you don’t need.

Keep your mind clear to do what you came here to do. 

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Now reach for your wings. Definition of Freedom:  the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint. 

That’s more like it! 

goldfish jumping out of the water

I think I’ll try something new…

 

 

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

Terri’s book of photography combined with poetry is here! 100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish the Heart.

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

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