Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In the space there is the power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. —Victor Frankl
Beatrice Chestnut opens her book The Complete Enneagram: 27 Paths to Greater Self-Knowledge with the above quote. The quote stopped me for a few moments as I thought about all that I have learned up to this point about my response to this life I’ve been given. In many ways our response to people, places and things has been formulated over the years and turned into a template that is rarely questioned. Questioning a response creates a bit of space to begin to gain awareness into why we react in certain ways. It is the beginning of shaping new responses to align more fully with our highest self.
…stay as light and unburdened as possible… -Elizabeth Gilbert
How does one stay “light and unburdened”? For some of us, this may not be a challenge. I’ve heard that there are some people in this world that wake up smiling. I don’t know of any. Okay, maybe my mom wakes up full of light.
Me? Nope. The moment I reach consciousness, demanding thoughts swirl around in my head space. I have this internal taskmaster that starts to dole out chores and responsibilities before my feet hit the ground, and then I have this part of me that whines about having to do all of those things. I’ve found that there is an art to practicing living a “light and unburdened” life. Key words here are “art” and “practicing”. Here are some of the things I create light and freedom in my life: