PREPARE YOUR EARS TO LISTEN AND YOUR HEART TO RECEIVE AS YOU TAKE IN THE WORDS THAT LOOK TO CHANGE LIVES, RENEW HEARTS, AND OPEN MINDS Merriam Webster says, "freedom is the quality or state of being free. It is the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action. The liberation from slavery or the power of another." On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, Rev Martin Luther King Jr's gave his infamous "I Have A Dream" speech. At the end of it, he stated the following words, "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, we are free at last." The Fourth of July, also called Independence Day, is celebrated to commemorate the birth of American independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Britain controlled the land until the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 2, 1776, and adopted on the 4th. On September 22, 1862, President Lincoln issued the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation to set enslaved people free forever. The order didn't go into effect until January 1, 1863. Slavery wouldn't officially end until the passage of the 13th Amendment, signed on December 18, 1865, to abolish slavery. It wasn't until federal troops entered the city of Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, to deliver the news that the Emancipation Proclamation was signed two and half years earlier, ending slavery for all. On June 4, 1919, Congress gave the right for women to vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment. The law took effect on August 18, 1920. Although this passage guaranteed American women the right to vote, it would still take decades to have an all-inclusive language to include African Americans and other minority women the right to vote due to discriminatory state voting laws. Each example required dedication, determination, faith, fight, hope, motivation, persistence, and prayer. If the people who wanted to see the world transformed didn't have the characteristics mentioned above, how different would we be today? There are mixed feelings about the conditions of the world, but as a whole, I would hope that we would all agree that we have come a mighty long way. No matter your opinion on the issues we are facing today around the world, you alone won't be able to control anything happening, but you can control what happens to you. You can manage your actions, decisions, mood, temperament, and thoughts. So here are a few questions for you. What is in your life can you obtain freedom from, and how far are you willing to go to get your freedom from the affliction holding you back? What cause in your life can you stand up and fight for that will allow you to become the best version of yourself?
In all of the cases mentioned above, it took more than prayer and faith for things to happen; it required action. Think about how different the world would be if innovative people decided to stick with the status quo of the time. The traditional thinkers' belief of not rocking the boat comes from being comfortable where they are or that a particular situation didn't involve them, so why should they care. They lack empathy and creative thinking and have limited vision for others and their lives. When the mindset of self-doubt enters, dreams become farfetched and hard to achieve.
Not until you change the behavior will you be able to change the belief. Break your incarcerated pattern mindset by separating yourself from the people who want you to remain the same. To obtain freedom, "you must be willing to enter the battle, knowing that you are going to lose," the negative characteristics such as; anger, arrogance, bad attitudes, conceit, greed, helplessness, hypocrisy, ignorance, laziness, participation in dysfunctional relationships, and ungratefulness. The above examples also gave you the feedback that news might travel slowly, but you will get the message that everything works together for good in due time. The road to success will not come without its pains and heartaches but don't be scared or unwilling to sacrifice to achieve!
Stand up for yourself by seeking the issues you need to address, proclaim the victory of those issues, and remain diligent in completing the work that will be necessary for you to be able to shout, "Free at last. Free at last. Thank God almighty, I AM free at last." #SPEAK2MYHEART "To achieve freedom, people must start caring and becoming "angry enough to win."