Yesterday in the U.S., we celebrated Independence Day, a recognition that our nation was born of a desire for freedom from tyranny. Yet many of us have our own personal struggles with some form of “oppression” that gets in the way of our sense of freedom—our sense of ease.
What interferes with your feelings of self-determination? What saps your energy and your options in life? Perhaps it’s one of these:
- A habit or addiction that drives your decisions and leaves you feeling out of control
- Unfinished tasks that cause guilt and overwhelm
- Limiting beliefs or old thought patterns
- Chronic problems with money management and debt
- A relationship or job that’s going nowhere
Try this: Write your own personal Declaration of Independence. Here’s a template to get you started:
I hold this truth to be self-evident, that I am endowed with certain unalienable rights, that among these is the pursuit of happiness. That to secure this right, I must be released from the tyranny of _________ in my life.
The history of my experience with _________ is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a tyranny over me. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world. Specifically, my experience with _________ includes: _________, ___________, and ____________.
Thus, _________, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free person.
Nor have I been wanting in attentions to _________:
- I have attempted to fix _________.
- I have read books about _________.
- I have hired or asked someone else to repair _________.
- I have ____________.
Yet _________ has been deaf to the voice of justice and rationality.
Therefore, I, ___(your name)___, do solemnly publish and declare, that I am and of right ought to be free and independent, that I am absolved from all allegiance to _________, and that all connection between me and _________ is and ought to be totally dissolved.
And that as a free individual, I have full power to take actions to insure this independence, including _________, ________, _________, and to do all other acts and things which free individuals may of right do.
And for the support of this Declaration, I pledge my sacred honor.
Signed ______________________ Date ____________
To your ease!
Pat Daniel, Ph.D.