F is for Freedom
Chapter 4 excerpt:
From the book: Freedom
by Tammy Kling
Is there a part of you that isn’t free?
My father chose to live 30 something years.
While I fight for every breath and extra year on this planet to be a strong influence in my kids lives, I can’t pretend to understand a decision like that.
But I’m free from it.
My father was handsome, charismatic, intelligent, insightful and popular.
But he was not free.
In a moment when he could not find hope, he had no tools to solve his problems or to consider that perhaps there’s more to life than what we can see.
This is his high school letter. Today I’ll redefine what it means.
F, is for Freedom.
No matter who you are, at some point you’ve sought out the answers to the meaning of life.
The greatest philosophers and authors have searched for it since the beginning of time.
Often the most intellectual men have been unaware of things they cannot see.
Yet others, grasp it even if it is in their final hour.
Is there something more? A scientist ponders. He suspects there is, but his data doesn’t prove it.
This theory has always perplexed me, as I wondered, does he fall in love? Love is intangible. Invisible. Complex. Supernatural yet difficult to explain. We cannot see it. Not literally. We can only see the expression of it.
Winston Churchill, Edison, and some of the greatest warriors or thinkers in the world, were driven by a desire to grasp human understanding of the supernatural.
I’ve seen it in this life too, how the great men who have come to a place of end in chasing materialism, often gain the greatest supernatural abilities.
King David, became a warrior who had the power of God after a season of murder and debauchery with women. David eventually evolved into a higher state, after he realised there was more than the materialism or raw pleasures of daily life.
He had reached the end of himself, which was only the beginning.
When you reach for the intangible, you grasp the things that other men cannot see.
For many great men, this often comes either at the end of their lives or in the midst of a life of self imposed chaos.
Often only the stripping away of the luxuries or an abundance of it can reveal the truths of the unseen.
Look at the last words of the dying men that “the world” defined as great.
‘It’s very beautiful over there’.
John Green the author of Looking for Alaska wrote;
I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.
Solomon, the richest man that ever lived, had more wealth than Branson or Buffett, with more property and followers and acclaim than anyone and yet eventually came to the end of himself with the thinking;
“Everything is meaningless!”
In that profound book, which is written more poetically than the writings of Aristotle or any of the greatest philosophers, Solomon
arrived at the realization that whatever we are striving for is nothing compared to the ultimate unseen power that God can fuel a warrior with. After his season of distress and contemplation, he came out a wise and unstoppable warrior.
It’s the 1% that arrive at that location.
How many mere mortals can declutter their lives of such things in order to say no to the things most men say yes to? How many men can hang onto a faith in hope –
when they’re hopeless?
How many mere mortals have the vision to laser focus on accessing an unseen power most of their friends do not have?
Winston Churchill, known as one of the greatest world leaders – had a way of observing others.
He once said
“Now this is not the end.
It is not even the beginning of the end.
But it is, perhaps,
the end of the beginning.”
Freedom comes when you know you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be and you have faith even when you don’t. Bondage comes when you get cluttered, confused, or locked up in indecision. Bondage is filled with noise and anxiety. Freedom is anxiety free.
At each milestone in our lives we must remember to pause. Take inventory. Why am I feeling distressed? What in me or around me is toxic?
Has the work or life or relationship season you were in ended? Have you even stopped to reflect on that truth?
Maybe you’ve evolved but you’re still stuck in an old life or addiction or job or destination not meant for you. Freedom only comes with progression. Bondage comes with chains that keep you linked and tethered.
You weren’t created to be tethered. Progression is a fluid part of becoming human.
Think of the evolution of an infant as you went through the growth of life in your mother’s womb.
Each month in the womb you evolved from a tiny seed to grow limbs. What you could not do in one month because you had no limbs, you could do in another month.
What you could not hear before you had ears and proper hearing, you could soon discern until eventually you could hear all of the sounds that were going on in the outside world.
At some point you gained sight.
At each of these stages it was a new season, and something that you did not have before.
Eventually you progressed out of the dark place into the light of this world. Freedom!
Today, your sight may be even greater than it was a month ago.
Your wisdom is sharper.
You may be able to see the unseen, and you might be able to see and hear things that you could not before.
So here’s the big question:
Have you let go of the habits or thoughts you had in that old season? The ones that don’t serve you well? Are you sharpening your spiritual sword, and seeing more than just material things?
John Adams died on the 4th of July. He did not know that Thomas Jefferson had just died. Adams last words;
Oh, yes; it is the glorious Fourth of July. It is a great day. It is a good day. God bless it. God bless you all. He then lapsed into unconsciousness; he awakened later, and mumbled, Thomas Jefferson…
Those were his last words. “Thomas Jefferson.”
Edgar Allen Poe was said to have lived at best an erratic life of lies and drunkenness. He died at 40 in a street, and his last words were “Lord help my poor soul!”
What will your last words be?
How about your legacy?
From my perspective, it’s a choice.
Without a doubt there are things unseen. Choose to focus on developing the currency inside of you like love, and the fruit of the spirit, such as joy, hope, and faith.
Be intentional about your legacy.
What kind of wealth will be left behind? Do you even define it the right way or is your definition a collegiate description of kindergarten riches linked to a bank account?
Be the rich one. Rich in your mind and soul, rejecting the drama and confusion.
Eliminate the dross, and let go of the things mere mortals do, to be more and see more.
Do not conform to the things of this world.
Freedom is a gift, for the free.
We use words to change lives.