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Declarations of Independence

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"Freedom is a condition of your heart. You can be captive amidst great wealth and free behind bars.
Do your fears, insecurities, beliefs and programs still control the way you choose to spend your days?
The true freedom in life is feeling free to think, act and speak according to the dictates of your heart.
So liberate your spirit from self-censure, self-judgment and anything other than appreciation of self.
Take a few minutes to appreciate the beautiful and courageous soul that you truly are.
... And then if you want to liberate your soul even further ...
take a few minutes to think of someone you'd rather not and find a way to appreciate them.
This freedom to find loving allowance for all is truly the greatest liberty of all."
— Ann Albers



FREEDOM FROM CONFORMITY

We need more risk takers and eccentrics in this world. From Picasso to Mother Theresa,
society thrives because of people who will stand out, or stand alone
if necessary, for their dreams and their visions.

"Our concern must be to live while we're alive ... to release our inner selves from
the spiritual death that comes with living behind a facade designed to conform to
external definitions of who and what we are." — Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

FREEDOM FROM WORRY
Our thoughts keep racing around in the future ... where we spend too much time
creating confusing games with countless options, decisions, and what if’s. Worry is
unproductive, unnecessary and totally useless. Statistically, most things that we worry
about do not EVER happen, so worry is a needless waste of our creative energy.

"Worry does not e
mpty tomorrow of its sorrow;
it empties today of its strength." — Corrie Ten Boom

FREEDOM FROM CONFUSION
People who live with integrity, who focus on their values and on developing
their personal character, are rarely confused. They avoid intellectual clutter, know who
they are, what they stand for, and have clarity about where they are going in life.
"Bec
ause clarity and enlightenment are within your own nature,
they are regained without moving an inch." — Lao Tzu

FREEDOM FROM PRETENSE
This vital element of character revolves around integrity, genuineness and sincerity.
Webster defines it as "being credible" and "worthy of trust." To improve our personal, local and global
relationships we must fully embrace our AUTHENTIC SELVES ... and release all need for pretense.
"A bizarre sens
ation pervades a relationship of pretense. No truth seems true.
A simple morning's greeting and response appear loaded with innuendo and
fraught with implications. Each nicety becomes more sterile and
each withdrawal more permanent." — Maya Angelou

FREEDOM FROM COMPLEXITY
We exist in a world that asks us to live complicated, stressful and complex lives ...
and if we are not careful, we can lose ourselves, our values and our joy by falling
prey to the ever-increasing demands on our time. SIMPLICITY requires us to slow down
to consider how our lives reflect who we are and, most important, what we value.
"Reduce the com
plexity of life by eliminating the needless wants of life,
and the labors of life reduce themselves." — Edwin Way Teale

FREEDOM FROM FEAR
It's vital to remember that freedom from fear can exist only in the
PRESENT tense. To overcome fear’s seduction, we must stop being trapped
between the past and future and move to where freedom lives: squarely in the "Now."
For only here are we free to want what we have, do what we can and
be who we are ... so that our life can have meaning in the world.
"Coura
ge is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else
is more important than fear." — Ambrose Redmoon

FREEDOM FROM CRITICISM
Other folks can have any opinion, make any remark, or be as "critical" as they wish. That's their right.
But, we also have the right to IGNORE them! Read and embrace Terry Cole Whittaker's
bestselling book that says: What You Think of Me Is None of My Business
De
clare independence from those who regularly criticize, but fail to offer constructive assistance.
"An
y fool can criticize, condemn, and complain ...
and most fools do." — Dale Carnegie

FREEDOM FROM ISOLATION
To experience the freedom that comes from the warmth and companionship of
sharing our innermost thoughts and feelings with another human being, we must step out
of isolation and allow others to get close. "Today, I will get to know the real me by first
taking a personal inventory, then I will practice being completely honest with another person."
"Despair and isola
tion are my greatest internal enemies; I need to remember
I am not alone, even when it feels that way." — Audre Lorde

FREEDOM FROM COMPULSIONS
To some degree we are all compulsive — over-working, over-spending, over-worrying
and over-consuming in a variety of forms. We have believed that the only solution is CONTROL,
but in trying to control our compulsions, they inevitably control us. SLOWING DOWN creates a space and
freedom from driven-ness, giving us increased sensitivity and time for more positive thought and action.
"A pe
rson is rich in proportion to the things
he or she can afford to let alone." — Henry David Thoreau



Declare YOUR independence from old patterns, habits, 'shoulds'
and relationships or addictions that have limited you.

Determine to live your life to the fullest — to explore your potential
and live according to your own conscience and highest aspirations.

Want what you have — Do what you can — Be who you are!




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~ Chelle Thompson, Inspiration Line Editor ~




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