July 4, 2015
In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed… it must be achieved.” ~ Franklin Delano Roosevelt
On July 4th, 1776, Congress approved the Declaration of Independence establishing The United States of America as an independent nation.
We celebrate this day with fireworks, barbecues (both of which I am a fan) and parades (of which I am not such a fan… I’m an introvert remember).
Independence is not something that is given freely. For many patriots, the cost of freedom meant laying down their lives in service of liberty. There’s often a long, hard road to freedom.
But it’s worth it.
Freedom to me is choosing my career based on my personal HeartPath… Not what anyone else thought I should do.
Coaching wasn’t the obvious choice. It’s not even what I went to school for…
I’ve been a writer longer than I’ve been a coach, and technically, am more credentialed as such, having completed the terminal degree in creative writing within the Fine Arts category (MFA).
But I make my living as a coach because that is what makes me feel most alive.
I am a freedom junkie and coaching affords me the luxuries of time, money and energy. It is not work for me to coach, but it is work for me to write. There’s a quote I adore that says, “I hate writing, but I love having written.” This is true for me.
In coaching, I have the freedom of location (I can coach from anywhere), time (I make my own schedule, work 5 days a week, and take a whole month off each year) and money (I set my own rates and am in charge of how many clients I want to work with at any given time).
Freedom isn’t an easy path… For the patriots there were many battles and bloodshed. For me, the cost of freedom was losing everything I had worked for years ago. I lost my house, my apartment, my sense of worth, and even friends.
I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure it will cost us to maintain this declaration, and support and defend these states. Yet through all the gloom I see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth all the means. This is our day of deliverance.” ~ John Adams
On this Independence Day, a question…
What is the cost of your freedom? And is it worth paying for?
If it is, you must become a revolutionary in your own life. The cause that you are defending is your own greatness. Your purpose.
The war is not over when you declare independence. The Revolutionary War went on until 1783, eight years beyond the signing of the Declaration. You still need to do the work, face the battles and maintain a steadfast focus on victory.
You need to continue until you achieve the freedom you have been seeking.
It’s worth the cost, for in the end, there is nothing sweeter than the taste of freedom.
I wish for you ravishing light and glory.
Enjoy the fireworks tonight,