The voltage for innovation is freedom.
The past weekend I had the opportunity to take some time off at the beach with some friends. As the night fell we decided to cap it off with dinner and a movie. Perfect. As the ladies went to fetch our fish (get the food), I was on duty to find a movie. Given by the photo I chose above, I’m sure you know what movie I chose. Yes, the Titanic. FYI I am a repetitive serial movie watcher. I watch the same movie over and over as if the plot or ending is going to change. I remember reading a quote that said, in my own words, I watch things I’ve seen before not because that it’ll change, but because I change. One of the most personally prevalent quotes that I’ve read to date. I have the amazing ability to see the same movie, photo, or person again, finding something incredibly different than the other million times I see it or them before. It’s amazing to see or find countless surprises in familiar things. It’s an indicator that I’m engaged.
As I laid in bed watching Rose cringe at the table as her finance, mother and colleagues rambled at the table, it quickly reminded me of the many times I felt suffocated when caught up in the routine affairs and I just wanted to run away for a few seconds of freedom. Many times as leaders, owners, or servers at any capacity, we sit at a table that is consistently on the copping block. The weight of the task sometimes prompts us to focus too much on staying on the white line that we forget our authentic person-hood.
As I watched Rose step over the rail and stretch out over the boat watching the waves crash into each other, I felt the few seconds of freedom she was immersed with as she gazed over the edge of the boat. Will Smith says, “It is at the edge of destruction where greatness lives.” Those few seconds of utter disbelief, doubt, and the need to get away, is where we come alive. I interpreted those few seconds as being just over the threshold of bliss after the pressure has completed the make-up of a diamond. Many times we are enthralled in the matrix of life and chaos is created. But its just after the calm of the storm that we realize that the storm was necessary. Then this happens…
Someone inside reaches out and rescues you. Just like the Hero’s Journey, freedom cannot exist in an environment of absolute control, so, if we really desire to be free, we need to accept a little bit of chaos in our lives. Sometimes only a few seconds of freedom is all we have before entering back into the race. Where do we survive with the opportunity to graduate from a few seconds to a few minutes, hours, days, months, and years? I don’t know yet, but I will tell you as soon as I get there. Finding freedom within my life both professionally and personally is a huge priority for me. An because I find myself to be an extremely creative person, limitations are like chains. The freedom to act in and to not interrupt your “be-ing”, is something that I find heavily important when molding the gift you have to give to the universe. Therefore obtaining the means in all areas under the sun, that are seemingly needed, is my life’s motivation to obtaining the ultimate freedom I desire. The best gift that you can give to someone is the authentic you. No gimmicks, wrapping, or manipulations. Just you.
I listen to many performer say that as soon as they step on a stage, nothing else matters. Or actors and actresses that say, “When I step on set, it’s like stepping into a whole new world.” Liberation. Freedom.
“The alignment of your personality comes to serve the energy of your soul is your authentic power.”-“Authentic power is building something you cannot lose and its something that no one can take from you.” -Gary Zukav
Crawling over the rail or tip toeing to the edge to feel the wind hit my face, is a feeling I thirst for. As the dancer steps onto the floor to dance or the singer that steps on the stage to perform, is the the liberation of total freedom; the voltage of innovation. Just a few seconds of freedom where their in control. No longer the pawn on the chessboard…