“Your life is the sum result of all the choices you make, both consciously and unconsciously. If you can control the process of choosing, you can take control of all aspects of your life. You can find the freedom that comes from being in charge of yourself.” ~
November holds many important spaces open to you and it’s denizens. For example, November 6, 2012 was a day for American citizens to exercise their freedom to choose a president, a day to honor those who have fought for that freedom, and a day to commemorate the beginning of our cultural diversity by bringing together communities with a display of gratitude, brotherhood/ sisterhood, and abundance. November 11, 2012, Veterans Day, honors all American veterans, and ensures veterans know that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made to keep our country free. And of course, Thanksgiving Day when we are reminded of all the delicious blessings that enrich our fortunate lives.
The new movie, “Lincoln” is a profound reminder of our fundamental freedoms. Being courageous and steadfast as we exercise our right to make choices for ourselves and for the good and glory of all beings.
In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical time changed the fate of future generations. Don’t miss this movie! Then, delve into “Team of Rivals ” for an outstanding American history lesson and deeper understanding of Lincoln as a man and a president. This multiple biography is centered on Lincoln’s mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation’s history.
“Lincoln succeeded because he possessed an extraordinary ability to put himself in the place of other men, to experience what they were feeling, to understand their motives. As the nation entered its most troubled period, Lincoln turned to his former rivals asking each to serve in his cabinet. Under Lincoln’s leadership, they steered the nation through the Civil War and saved the Union.”
Yes, he was a political genius!
(I know I got off on a tangent here about “Lincoln” but….whatever! This is precisely what happens when I feel passionate about something.)
On each of these days, and on the days in between, we are given the opportunity to celebrate our own communities, cultural and individual diversity, and our abundance, through thought, word, and deed. We can celebrate our freedom to choose, to decide as individuals and as a community, on every aspect of our lives. While sometimes your choices may not be ideal, you always have them and you always have the ability, the freedom, to make the right choice for YOU.
Each morning you awaken, each pause between breaths, each space between heartbeats, you have the opportunity to make a choice about how you want your day, your attitude, your words, your life to be. Often we sabotage our happiness, thanks to our convictions, our drama and others, our past injuries, and our words, that we lose our true selves. We take for granted that we have the freedom to choose the other way. But, we can find our way back, on a new enlightened path. It is your choice to live with integrity, to practice yoga, to speak kindly, to live simply yet abundantly, and to experience great joy. (Abraham Lincoln, may he live in our hearts and minds forever; lived each day with extraordinary grace and integrity!)
We are honored and grateful to be a part of this journey, on freedom’s road – with you! We look forward to feeling your radiant light along the way, and to helping each other make the right choices for ourselves and the world we live in!
Give freely, choose graciously, love non-stop! Happy Thanksgiving, happiness everyday, to all you lovers of love and seekers of happiness and joy!
Always love, Allison