How do you define freedom ?
Is freedom, the liberty to travel freely around your town, your country, your continent ?
Is freedom, the liberty to express yourself by song or written word, painted or sculptured art ?
Freedom for us all is, if I may be so bold, relative to our state of mind.
Is freedom the ability to talk freely about politics without fear of retribution ?
Is freedom perhaps, the self confidence of knowing that you are safe within the confines of your environment ?
Is freedom, knowing what the boundary of safety is, for you personally (Bearing in mind that this boundary may differ slightly or massively for some humans).
Some of the most inspirational people of our times have been those who have talked about the freedom they have felt whilst in actual physical captivity.
Aung San Suu Kyi once said “The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear”.
Nelson Mandala remarked “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others”.
I am not deluded enough to think that my actions can change the human race, but is that a a reason why I should do nothing?
Vaclev Havel, in his life, was indefatigable of the promotion of freedom for everyone and wrote :
“Human rights are universal and indivisible. Human freedom is also indivisible: if it is denied to anyone in the world, it is therefore denied, indirectly, to all people. This is why we cannot remain silent in the face of evil or violence; silence merely encourages them”.
For some of us with mental illness, depression can feel like a prison…..and it can feel like it will never end and there will never be respite, believe me I know, I’ve been there many times and but for the grace of MY GOD, I live to write this blog.
So for those who may happen upon this writing, ultimate freedom for you may be freedom from mental health issues.
The fact is that, somewhere in every single one of us, there is an “energy” that has brought us this far….now forgive my use of the word “energy”….. but that energy that has enabled you somehow or another to live this far could be the same as the energy that sees you through current or future challenges…..so……..if you are feeling like you can’t go on, feeling helpless, feeling like you are imprisoned and your freedom denied you by the demons in your soul……..think of this small thought.
What was it that has bought you this far ? What were the good things that enabled you to live as long as you have ? And, I say this with absolute sincere empathy…..IF you can bear to think on this for a few moments, write down your thoughts.
That maybe all you can do, but if you can go further, when you are feeling helpless, offer help to someone!!!!…….
I know that this might sound like I am preaching, indeed maybe I am…..though in truth it is not meant in any other way than to remind myself that right here, right now, someone is in need of human kindness, not money, not material effects, just human kindness….
For some folks, as I have written before, “empowerment is freedom from the chains that bind”
THE HOUR OF NEED IS NOW
With love peace and hope