Freedom of Choice

I am a member of the Twitter social networking site, and periodically I come across some really cool stuff. I found one individual called Positive_thinkr and follow their tweets. Today the tweets posted reflect much of what I have been thinking about the past few days. Some people may be offended, but those are usually individuals who say they want change without the true intent of really trying to change things for themselves. The truth is, the only person who can change your life is you.

I have received so much input from individuals who want this and that. I have had discussions with many people who want rights, but don’t understand the responsibilities that comes with them. Why? One word: Accountability. Being accountable for our lives means that we are responsible for our decisions. We choose our outcomes regardless of circumstances, and when we hold ourselves accountable for our own lives, we can’t point the finger and place blame on another individual, problem, program, or lack thereof.

Some individuals feel entitled to have money, possessions, status, and opportunities in life simply because in America it is a “right”. Granted, Americans have access to certain freedoms. And it’s our choice as to whether or not we choose to utlize those freedoms available to all individuals. But expecting everything as an entitlement realistically means that an individual is choosing to accept only what another is willing to part with. And usually, it’s not as much as the person receiving the entitlement wants.

The point is that if all a person feels they deserve is an entitlement and that’s the highest goal they wish to achieve, they should expect little. America is the land of opportunity, the home of the free, and the home of the brave. But can we call ourselves brave when we expect rights and don’t take accountability for our lives to achieve our fullest potential? Are we brave for expecting much without the responsibilities necessary to handle the many blessings we so desire? Are we brave when we expect someone else to fix our lives and give us what we aren’t willing to do for ourselves?

We are a free nation! We have equal opportunities! The difference is all in the individuals who choose to move into action to take advantage of all that is available regardless of race, creed, religion, national origin, disability, and/or color. How we arrive at achieving all that is available to us may be different based on those factors, but we all have access to them if the desire to grasp opportunity is there. Remember, accountability means that there are no excuses or blame regardless of our circumstances. Not everyone who succeeds started life with a silver spoon in their mouths. Many overcame the impossible! Where there is a will there is a way! Period.

In order to do so, we must realize that we alone are responsible for owning our lives. God gave us life. But, He also gave us responsibilities, laws, and direction to live by. He gave us all freewill to choose good/bad, right/wrong, just/unjust. God gave us all a life to live and each person has skills, talents, and gifts to use while here on earth. We are to utilize those to the best of our ability to work and glorify Him. Yes, God gave us all the ability to make decisions and act upon them. And He gave us each responsibility for our lives and will hold us accountable for the actions and inactions that we choose.

Most Americans spend more time coveting what their neighbor has and not enough time thanking and praising God for what they do have. Just recently, I overheard to a derrogatory conversation aimed at a woman who makes too much money in her industry. She built a business against all odds, on her own merit, without a penny, and succeeded. Should she be punished or disliked by those who have not done the same? Is there anything that stands in these folk’s way? Only their willingness and the attitude to try. America is the land of free enterprise!

When we look at it from an ownership standpoint, there is nothing wrong with building a respectable business and earning a decent wage. The individuals who take ownership of their lives and their choices to achieve their dreams have done so, because they didn’t feel entitled to have what the next person had. And they didn’t sit and wait for it to be sent to them in a gift box from Heaven, an envelope from the government, or passed down from a family member. No, instead they used their freedoms to create, build, and live their life because they owned it by using the same opportunities that we all have.

We live in the United States of America with freedoms all around us. The gift of freedom is a right already accessible by all. Taking ownership of life to use the freedoms is a responsibility. Where there is no responsibility, there is no ownership. Where there is no ownership, there is a life sitting idle. When we sit idle, we can’t expect our lives to become much of anything. Accepting ownership is a personal choice. And it’s the first and most important step. Every person reading this post can change their life and make it what they want.

Here are the quotes that were posted today by Positive_thinkr on Twitter.com. Enjoy!

Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.” -Henri Frederic Amiel

“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” ~Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The first step toward success is taken when you refuse to be a captive of the environment in which you first find yourself.” ~Mark Caine

“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!” A Carnegie

“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.” -Sarah Ban Breathnach

“There is just one life for each of us: our own.”

If you’d like to follow my twitter updates (tweets) you may find me at Twitter.com (coachchristine)

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