"For to be free is not to merely cast off ones chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
I never understood the significance of the 7 Deadly Sins. Not truly. Sure I could list them and say - "Well, I'm not really any of those." But even the smallest traces were sucking the life out of me. I was my own captive.
It wasn't until I began to understand their polar opposites and embark on my personal life transformation that I truly began to understand what an impact pride, envy, gluttony, lust, anger, greed and sloth had in my life.
To make my point clear, I will begin by explaining myself. I was unhappy, jealous of others, masked in laziness to hide from my fear, angry at circumstances that made my life difficult, I was demanding and selfish... All the while hidden behind a cute smile and a bubbly personality. I can't imagine what life must have been like for the people I called family and friends.
Now, it might seem contradictory, but the moment I turned my outlook inward and discovered that all of that nastiness was MY doing. MY responsibility.... I had the opportunity to change it - And I took it.
Where there is space consumed by these things, there is no room for:
- self acceptance
In deliberately practicing these traits, I found true freedom. Beautiful relationships built on trust and love. Self fulfillment and acceptance, the ability to trust myself and others. The passion for life and the desire to add value and inspire others so that they can experience the beauty of fearless living also.
The art of sin-free living is always hanging in the balance based on the choices we make. How I make my choices is to remember that there are no coincidences. That everything that is in my experience, is there because it is serving a purpose. And there is something I can learn in any situation. It just takes curiosity, determination and the ability to trust yourself and live fearlessly.
Every minute of every day you are being tested.
Show the world what you're made of.
On that note - Lets talk about guilty pleasures that help instead of harm.