In reading your post I was reminded of a quote from Rodney Williams
“Every day you have the opportunity to learn and experience something and someone new. Seize the opportunity. Learn and experience everything you can, and use it to change the world.”
As we overcome our fears and resistance to change, we can do things that will change the world. We can never limit who we are or what we are capable of.
“Abstractions that we unwittingly treat as physical reality tend to block us from seeing the way things are, and therefore reduce our power to accomplish what we say we want.”
This one quote from the book sums up so much of what limits us in our daily lives. Much like shackles, we allow words to restrain our ambitions and also our view of the world around us. We allow simple words like “can’t” and “difficult” to inhibit our actions; we seem to fear or stray away from tasks associated with these words. Perhaps its begins during childhood, when a child is repeatedly told that they can’t do something which later leads them to see the word can’t as a restriction on living life.
A more recent trend of in events leads me to believe that we also allow words like “perfect”, “success”, and “beautiful” to hinder the progress we can make with our own personal ambitions. Individuals fear that they will fail to live up to these ordinary words that carry so much weight in society today. Of course we do have the bright lights who see these words as a welcomed challenge and they go on to challenge others to overcome similar obstacles. We all must learn to seek the understanding of these words that bind us so that we may truly live without the anxiety or fear they evoke. We should then find those words that truly define us and also the one’s we aspire to become.