Cage birds accept each other but flight is what they long for.
–Tennessee Williams, Camino Real, 1953
The power to choose how to act and react to the world around us creates our reality, because we have the freedom to control our own lives. It is the choice to turn left or right, to be happy or sad, and it is always with us even at those times when we do not feel free. Its power is enormous. It can be our greatest ally or it can become our greatest enemy. By making the right choices, we can open the doors to lead a balanced life.
Many of us like to think that we are the spokesperson for the universe, that we know all the answers to all the questions of the universe. In our more humble moments, we generally understand that each of us only can be our own spokesperson. However, when we accept the gift of freedom of choice, we must take responsibility and become accountable for everything in our lives.
We must truly and deeply understand that only we are responsible for the decisions we make and the results that manifest themselves in our lives. To be the caged bird or to fly like an eagle; freedom of choice lets us be the masters of our destiny or victims of our fate.