Leading Freedom and Personal Accountability
When I think about the meaning of Freedom:
I think about…
U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Genocide and Communism
Cuba’s Socialism and Socially Constricting Religious Constructs
Science and Speech
Woman’s rights and Capitalism
Trade and Entrepreneurism
Ultimately, Freedom is not perfect, but together, we collaborate for a perfect solution. We are still in the process of developing a perfect bubble, and unilaterally, we are still bound by our history. The bounding of our history has pros and cons which affect the rate of speed in which we progress. We have a President who is not a King, and does not act on our behalf in an autocratic fashion.
Yet, people (in general) “feel” or unconsciously desire this automaton belief as reality because there is an inner Need for the world to be simplified from its complexity. Freedom is the reason we do what we do on a daily basis and the war cry that brought us to this point in time as Americans.
Freedom is a sensitive ideal that we have come to take for granted and our freedom needs a donation. Our leaders have led us astray, and the system has not adjusted to our selfishness. We are all guilty of living beyond our means, and I personally, feel an obligation to repay the debt I created. In truth, we are living better than any civilization that has come before and I wake each day thankful for having this unique opportunity to live during this moment in time.
Do you make over 250k per year? Probably not…
It is a luxury to earn over 250k per year and live like royalty of yesteryear. The platform of Freedom has provided for this wonderful ability that in theory is available to us all. The U.S. has been the conduit of Freedom, and we are responsible, as citizens, to bail out our collective piggishness.
Under Clinton, our country had a surplus and escorted in the age of the Internet. Under Bush, our country ushered in the age of war and terrorism. There may or may not be a correlation between the tax cuts, but prosperity seems to be a better option. We are over 14 Trillion dollars in debt and this debt is no one person’s fault. We have all reaped the rewards of excess regardless of socio-economic status. Those in the upper levels of income have enjoyed above average rewards. The Fiscal Cliff is upon us and our President is requesting those of us who have prospered to lend a supportive hand financially and pay a fair share towards supporting this country.
The politics may be thick in excess, and people by nature, may become corrupt with power, and persuaded by financial gain, but our core values as a country has endured through more difficult times. We are more privy to information than at any other time in history and the stakes are higher than they have been before. Our environment is at odds and our greediness has reached a tipping point.
As Americans, we donate more than any other country in the world. Now, we need to donate to the society that made us rich in many ways from financial to intuitive. People struggle to earn enough money to meet their needs to merely survive and others have surpassed that phase by either hard work or the luck of the draw. We need to dig in our heels and support our country as a United-Team instead of a bi-partisan aloof.
We need solutions — people express their dissatisfaction, but fail to offer a reasonable solution. People are quick to negate any progress in support of the status quo. Change brings stress, and by nature, people are fearful of uncertainty. We need to jump from the metaphorical plane, without a safety net, and make the necessary decisions that may be overall unpopular. However, we all want more, but we have to learn to be thankful when our plate is full.
Appreciating the moment for what it is instead of criticizing the moment for it is not is an essential feature that brings true happiness to our lives. Concentrating on what we do not have will only bring increased emptiness. Being thankful for the little things as well as the big things will continue to generate unlimited bliss.
One final note – the man with everything felt as if he had nothing and the woman with nothing felt as if she had everything. Perception is reality, and we are richer, as individuals, than we give ourselves credit. Giving is receiving and being thankful is the recipe for success. There is never failure when you are thankful for the moment. There is always a silver lining in every cloud and there is always a bright side during the darkest times. We learn through suffering and we thrive though community. Our collective passion for the greatness of our core is the commonality that will win the day.
Keith Lawrence Miller, M.A., PCC, BCC, CPRW
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M.A. Columbia University | Organizational Psychologist
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