Sorry to lay this on you, but most of us live in some form of self-slavery.
We are slaves to our work. Slaves to our hobbies. Slaves to our passions. And for sure, slaves to our habits. Anything that compels us to act in a certain way, even when we know it’s not good for us, is our master, and we are its slave.
I’m not talking about the kind of slavery that physically subjugates people, such as the sex trade, or any indentured enterprise that keeps others subservient either physically or financially.
I’m talking about the kind of self-slavery that we give in to and that we could free ourselves from if we exercised some self-discipline to change our behavior.
Saying, “I don’t have a choice,” is pure-dee B.S. 90+% of the time. I’m leaving a little wiggle room here. I personally cannot think of a situation in my entire life when I did something contrary to my best interest that I did not have a choice to do otherwise.
Rule #1 of INPowerment. I always have a choice.
You might not like the consequences of it, but you usually always have one. It just takes the discipline to make it.
is the the sum total of all the choices I made throughout my life that has brought me to this place and time. Fortunately, I’ve made some good choices. And I’ve also made some doozies that, for the grace of God and the kindness and compassion of friends and strangers, worked out better for me than, by all rights, they should have.
The self-discipline of making better choices might have meant that I would have avoided some of the pain and heartache I both suffered and inflicted.
is just the inner strength to show up and do the right thing, even when you don’t want to or don’t feel like it.