I was watching “America’s Got Talent” last night (family likes it; I have actually questioned America’s talent because of that show) and one of the final 4 contestants is kind of a bluesy singer-songwriter type who sang “Me and Bobby McGee” with Jewell towards the beginning of the show (I didn’t make it to the end of the show). Pretty great lyrics by Kris Kristofferson which include “freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose” which kind of rang in my head the rest of the night and rings as true.
To experience the freedom that most of us would claim to crave, it costs us everything. We have to give up on trying to control all of our circumstances and quit squeezing so tight to what we think we have to have. Control is just an illusion and is never really accomplished yet most of us spend most of our time exercising in it over our finances, kids, relationships, career, etc. This leaves us bound up by the results and measurements that we adhere to in order to determine who is successful and who is not. Of course, the idea of success is not a measurable to begin with.
To gain real life . . . life that is abundant and free, we have to let go of control and give it all over. It’s upside down and backwards to what our reason would suggest and it’s scary. The alternative, though, is to keep squeezing and hoping and striving for the illusion of control.