We Shall Overcome
We have more freedom than any time in human history.
But the majority of us do nothing with this freedom.
Instead, we impose constraints on ourselves, despite fighting so hard to remove these constraints.
We decide what’s possible and enforce artificial limits on our lives.
We do this because it makes us comfortable; it feels manageable.
But as Abraham Maslow explained, the pinnacle of life is the enjoyment of “peak experiences.”
Today, these “rare, exciting, oceanic, deeply moving, exhilarating, elevating experiences” are within your grasp.
All you have to do is be open and available to where the universe wants to take you.
Put away your fears and go.
After all, you’re free.
But what do you do when you have infinite possibilities?
How do you proceed?
The primary goal of freedom is a fulfilled existence.
And while it’s exciting to have an endless variety of hot dogs, workout programs, and luxury automobiles, the practical elements of life have little or no bearing on your happiness and fulfillment.
Our powers lie within.
The mysteries of life, the true might of the human experience, exist in life’s emotional aspects. How do we feel about who we are? How do we feel about our loved ones? What do we create and share? How do we make others feel? Our emotional worldview determines what we’re able to manifest and, most importantly, how we feel about our life experience. Therefore, the understanding of your emotions and the emotions of the people with whom you surround yourself is paramount to a meaningful life.
While we all desire happiness and fulfillment, popular culture gives us all the wrong directions on how to make it manifest. The fulfillment we all seek only comes from being creative in our daily life and sharing that creativity with others. This doesn’t mean you need to be a painter and live the life of an artist. It means acting on your creative impulses, pursuing your purpose, whether as an accountant or guitarist, engaging in a skill you find challenging and enjoyable.
The result of this approach will be your best work.
From here, your success and fulfillment will ensue.
As Viktor Frankl explained, “For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one’s surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it.”
The Age of Ideas has arrived.
Today applying your creativity will not only bring you fulfillment, it is the primary skill you need to create value, whether as an individual or an organization.
It’s time for you to be truly free.
To spend your brief time on earth doing the things you love, surrounded by the people you care about the most.
To share what makes you special and serve the needs of others through a purpose greater than your selfish desires.
John Adams said, “You will never know how it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”
Now is the time to realize the gift you’ve been given.
Today is when you make it happen.
Do it for all of us. We can’t wait to see the magic you make.