Living Life Today – Are you shackled or are you free?

The Living Life Today series provides a platform to think about your Life as it is Now, enjoy what you have, review and create an even better future for tomorrow”….. Short, sharp & easily digestible.

Walking around with the weight of the world on your shoulders is not exactly a great place to be.

We want to be FREE…ideally.

However, are we always Free?

No, not all the time. Some never are. We have issues to deal with.

Now the difference between being ‘shackled’ and being ‘Free’ is the ability to acknowledge that there will be stuff to deal with and people to deal with, that will make us “constrained” & somewhat burdened at times.

However also knowing that this is not how your Life will always be if you choose otherwise. That is, choosing a Life of freedom.

Those who do not choose freedom will be forever constrained. They will be weighed down by others’ concerns, expectations & demands…..and unable to see the light of day.

I suggest that to be Free, you need to acknowledge & deal with these “constraints”. And after each time you do so, flick the switch into ‘freedom’ mode.

Freedom being…doing whatever it is, work play or otherwise that gives you….. ‘room to move’, gives you creative muscle, gives you satisfaction, excites you and helps others.

If you can’t “flick the switch” then your constraints will likely tie you to a place that you’d rather not be. And you don’t want that, do you?

I’d love to hear your comments below…do you feel free or is there someone/thing tying you down?

be good to yourselves


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17 thoughts on “Living Life Today – Are you shackled or are you free?

  1. If you can’t “flick the switch” then your constraints will likely tie you to a place that you’d rather not be – that’s very beautiful, David. A great reminder we have the choice. 🙂

  2. Hi David,

    You presented a profound message in such simple way. As you quite rightly said, life will always present constraints. In these circumstances we can either become overwhelmed, or exercise our choice that we are indeed free, and use our multitude of options, to help us rise above the constraint.

  3. I love your ‘common sense’ approach, David. I know people who can’t seem to understand the difference between giving freely (the constraints) and obligations(being shackled to other).

    • Being forever constrained by obligations & expectations, often never of our own making would be disappointing to me. Some will eventually take “ownership’ of these constraints without realising it & lose their choice of having some free time of their own to live, laugh, grow & enjoy.
      That’s how I see it, anyway.
      Thanks for being here
      be good to yourself

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  5. I am trying to loose the “constraints” not of my choice, but everybody keeps pulling at me and making me feel guilty. It’s good to read that it is OK. I keep running off to Mexico to get away from it all. Thank you for a very inspiring simple message that is hard for some people to do. Catherine Hinckley

    • Thanks for calling in Catherine. It isn’t easy, guilt is part of the deal. However you can be more helpful to others if you look after yourself. A little selfishness is good, in my opinion.
      be good to yourself

  6. Hey David!
    Really an awesome post! I’m doing research on gratitude for a new company I started working for and in doing so, stumbled across your blog and wanted to reach out and say thanks for putting in the hard work.

    I totally see what you’re saying about those who don’t choose freedom will always be constrained. It’s definitely a choice to be bold and overcome those obstacles, but nevertheless, sometimes the hardest part is just taking that first step.

    Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on our new project. It’s called and it’s meant to offer a fun and social way for people to share what they’re thankful for and ultimately be a happier person. I’ve found it to be helpful in my own life, but certainly am interested to see how Life Coaches like yourself think of it.

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