Since becoming self employed, I feel extremely FREE.
I have chosen to use some of my additional time surfing Facebook and twitter. Social media for me is a tool to access the articles and world news that has been made accessible by millions of people and companies.
This time off has turned into some major TIME ON, and has led me to believe that freedom is the ability to comprehend communication.
The power to know what is being said, written, or implied; to understand the context of a subject, and to be able to apply a topic to your life or situation, is freedom.
Communication comprehension has allowed me to gain the following capabilities:
- Quality reading and verbal skills, although not always the best with formal writing.
- Efficiency at following directions (except while driving).
- Thorough ability to process information in a way where people do not have to continuously repeat themselves.
- I can complete tasks without much guidance.
- I seek information and examples of finished products that connect the dots between how my work integrates with others.
I believe that these assets all stem from greater than average comprehension skills.
The ability to comprehend communications, allows you to make informed decisions while understanding the consequences of your choices.
In October I attended a Latino Diversity training that focused on the dynamics between English-speaking youth and their families/ parents whom could not speak or understand English. The trainer provided examples of how parents lose parental power in circumstances in which the child has to relay/translate information from adults or authority figures, especially when it relates to the child’s behavior or academic progress.
This reality-check, made me begin to think about how I take for granted my ability to comprehend and communicate with others. Overall, I began to look at language and communication differently. I have become more aware of communication comprehension as a tool to success and a form of FREEDOM,if not FREEDOM itself.
My feelings about comprehension were further confirmed after I learned about George Dawson while watching Oprah. At 98 years old Dawnson made it a priority to learn to read, having not even known the alphabet at that time.
I also believe that optimism and positive thinking are critical elements to Freedom. During trying times, I have remained positive, and the results have been amazing. But, it is about more than just seeing the victory on the other end. Positive thinking is about interpretation, and choosing to interpret life in the fashion of solution seeking and hope.
I have grown a lot in this regard (positive thinking) over the past 4 months. Freeing myself from an environment (the workplace) in which I was constantly on-guard has allowed me to dismantle the on-guard attitude that was beginning to seek into all of my existence.
By making the choice to live a positive life, I have found Freedom.
What is freedom to you? When and how did you discover freedom?
Below is a link to the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) website that discusses the Freedom Rides and much more.
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