Today’s inspiration from Rumi is about seeking freedom.
“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open.” Rumi
I heard a story about a set of twin boys who were born to a drug addicted mother and an alcoholic father. One brother got himself out of the situation by focusing on school and education and made a different path for himself. The other brother escaped his home life by following down the same path as his parents and ended up just the same as his parents.
“Why does this happen to me?”
“What did I do to deserve this?”
“If I could, I would change…”
“If you would have…. then this wouldn’t have happen!”
How many time have you said any one or more of the above? I think it is human nature to want to place blame on external factors. first, it is easy to say “not it!” and more difficult to look within yourself and take responsibility for your actions.
The problem with the blame game is that if you always place blame, you will never taste the freedom from this soul-sucking cycle.
In the story about the twins, one twin took charge of his life and left the prison he had known. The other twin, may have placed blame on others for his inability to break the cycle. Because he was unable to take responsibility for his future, he was left in the prison that also held his parents.
This reminds me of the poem Invictus by William Ernest Henley, more specifically the last stanza which states,
“It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with Punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.”
The freedom from the constraints of life are within ourselves. Being responsible for our own actions, no matter the consequence, takes us out of the open door prison, making us the master and captains over our lives.
Are you in control of your fate?