Feeling trapped / Breaking free

People feel trapped all the time. They don t need the brick and the mortar and the bars to be in prison. That’s from Tim Robbins who played Andy in The Shawshank Redemption.

It’s why so many people love that movie, and why it’s been in the top 10 for years. In the movie, there was another sweet and endearing character called Brooks who had become institutionalized. He had given up any idea of getting free and had instead built his life around prison routine.  He was content. Everyone liked him.

Then one day he was released and found himself in a half-way house and working at a local grocers.  He no longer had any idea how to live with freedom. It terrified him, and he ended up taking his own life.

I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really: get busy living, or get busy dying. In the movie, Andy and Red got busy living, and Brooks got busy dying.

Brooks had become institutionalized; he had become dependent on a routine imposed on him by the world around him.  He’d lost his ability to face the unknown, having accepted the “bars” imposed on him, and in the process had forgotten how to live with change.

I’ve been there – not in prison, but in a prison of my own making: attempting to fit into a routine or structure not of my own making. So has Tova Payne of Tiny Buddah.  Tova wound up leaving one cage only to wind up in another, until she finally decided to break free of it all by deliberately pursuing freedom: she had seen a New Hampshire licence place that said Live Free or Die. When she did that, it changed her life. But it doesn’t end there, because she also discovered that she had to make that decision to live free over and over again.

What would a day be like if, the minute we woke, we deliberately chose to live free?  How would that day be different from a day where we didn’t make that choice?

Maximizing Positive Outcomes – Deepak Chopra

Quote of the Day
When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.  -Nelson Mandel


At times we need more  – we know the logic, know what to do. And yet something is still blocking us.  As a registered psychotherapist and stress coach, I offer individual one-on-one consultations. For more information, visit my website www.thejoyofliving.co/programs or contact me directly at maryanne@thejoyofliving.co



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