“When a man has put a limit on what he will do, he has put a limit on what he can do.” – Charles M Schwab.
We talk of political freedom, religious freedom, economic freedom, gender freedom, freedom from corruption, freedom from discrimination, freedom ‘from’ and freedom ‘to’ many things. But have we ever thought what are we doing with the freedom that we already have ? We are curbing it many a times, because we are imprisoned in our own limitations, perceptions, narrow understandings and shallow thoughts of boundaries, boxes, circles. The limitless energy and power within us is untapped, unchartered, clamped and smothered because we don’t believe in ourselves. The free spirit of enquiry and imagination as a child suddenly gives way to lame acceptance, fear of failure, false sense of security and success as an adult. We are afraid to exercise the freedom we have because we fear risking. We start setting caps that limit us from doing what we can.
Can we unshackle ourselves and utilize the freedom that we already have ? Can we start believing in the infinite power of the self and see the difference it makes to our lives and others around us ?
A couple of days back, I met a senior citizen walking in to an ayurvedic therapy centre for a body massage. Nothing unusual ? An older body needs it the most ? You will be surprised to know that he was a grand old man, not just a senior citizen. He walked erect with no support, was well attired, did not have dentures or spectacles. He even refused help to cross the road. He threw a challenge at me to guess his age. I put it at 80s but was taken aback when he proudly declared that he was all of 96 and hoping to score a 100 ! The zest for life, the pride in being independent and his expectation to live a full life struck me. At an age when most people crib about being alive, complain about the pains, brood over the past, moan the lost companion and keep glorifying the good old days, it was refreshing to see a young 96 year old who was looking forward to yet another bright, sunny day. The secret was his positive outlook and hope for tomorrow.
Despite the setbacks we may have had this year, let us welcome 2014 with fresh hope, fresh ideas, thoughts and action plans. Our team wishes you all a wonderful New Year ahead !