Week of May 26-30, 2003
Just Want to be Free - I Just Want to be Me!
was a sunny Saturday in April 2003 in Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina. The Carolina-blue sky
seemed to kiss the wavy waters as the gentle wind
embraced the beach. After enjoying the beach for
a while with my 16-year old daughter and husband,
one by one, they ventured off to find a spot on
the beach away from the water.
stood close to the water barely wetting my feet
and totally mesmerized by God's awesome creation.
The voices of the beach-goers gradually faded as
the sounds of the wind, the waves, and the
my attention was diverted as I noticed how my son
and nephew were totally immersed in the moment.
Challenging the sand that seemed to capture their
feet with every enormous wave, they went from
only getting wet from the legs down, to being
totally drenched from head to toe. Forgetting
about the hunger that occupied their every
thought moments ago, they were simply enjoying
the moment to be free -- to be free to be who
I stood there watching and smiling, my smiled
turned to laughter as my eyes filled with tears
at the unexpected experience of enjoying the same
spellbound freedom that they were enjoying. I
thought about life, and the choice that I have to
be free. Then I thought about how countless of
individuals are held captive in daily routines,
never taking one moment out of the day to just be
- to just be free.
a while, knowing that this moment must end, I
motioned the boys to come on to leave. They
yelled, "Just one more time!"
"Okay," I said, as I stood full of
laughter and tears in my eyes, experiencing my
moment of freedom -- as they freely enjoyed their
moment without limitations. "One more
time," they yelled repeatedly. "Okay,
just one more time, " I repeatedly yelled
back, until that moment finally did end.
son and nephew will never realize how their
expression of freedom evoked a renewed freedom
within me in that moment, on that fine April day.
The freedom of knowing that at any time I choose,
I can be free to just be me -- just as I did that
day. I will never let that moment, that
experience, or that choice go.
an experience it is to be free - to be free to
just be me, without self-limitations, or the
limitations of others.
actions must you take to experience your true
any moment that you choose, you too can be free
-- to just be -- who you are.
about it, experience it, live it, and never let
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"Freedom is not something that
anybody can be given. Freedom is something people
take, and people are as free as they want to
be." -- James Baldwin
"Freedom lies in being
bold." -- Robert Frost
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