Between stimulus and response there is a space.
In that space there is our power to choose our response.
In our response lies our growth and freedom.
Sometimes we make decisions in the spur of the moment and sometimes we think about it for years. Whether based on timing, emotion,or necessity — each response brings consequences and a ripple effect of the consequences.
We tend to evaluate our responses based on success, failure, approval and disapproval of others. Yet, nothing is as it seems sometimes. What looks like success can take a turn for what seems like failure. Someone might approve our choice and another person might disapprove of it. Feeling stuck, trying to please everyone, is binding. What looks like a weak response could ultimately bring the desired freedom. Quitting something can look like failure and yet sometimes its a response based on love. Leaving a situation and walking towards what is nurturing and fulfilling could bring the same result as digging in ones heels and refusing to leave the situation until change occurs.
Within that space of a stimulus and response there has to be a quality of wholeheartedness; Stemming from a place of what truly matters- Love. Without love, growth and freedom seem void and if there is no growth and freedom, love dwindles.
Everyone is looking for freedom in some area of life. That process looks and feels different for everyone. As I write this, I cant help but think of the millions of children and adult refugees around the world looking for freedom and refuge. Everyone deserves to experience the sense of freedom and growth. We have to choose for ourselves first and then with love extend it to others and allow the ripple effect to impact others…even those that we may not ever meet.