Updated: Dec 30, 2022
Remember The song, "Me and Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson and Fred Foster and sung by Janis Joplin? If you do, you probably remember the line from the song which goes "freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose. "
I came from the era in which this song was written. I was born in the early 60's when many were discovering new a new level of freedom from historical oppression. The civil rights movement was a punch in the face to those who had ruled through colonialism and patriarchal structures. Although, this new level of freedom came with
a great cost. It always does, doesn't it? But, greater is the cost of captivity. Maybe that is what the songwriters meant when they wrote the part of the line "nothing left lose." I believe something happens to us when we have nothing left to lose. We become abandoned and willing to do things we would never dream of doing otherwise. We become radical in a way. Maybe we open ourselves up to parts of us that have not been revealed.
Many times in my life I was called to let something go but I didn't. I was being called to a deeper level of freedom but I was unwilling or unable to let go of the thing that was causing my own captivity. Life will not take "no" as an answer. It has a way of peeling our hands off the thing that we are holding so tightly to. When that happens it is so much more traumatic (nothing left to lose) then if we would have simply released, grieved and walked in a new level of freedom.
As we enter, 2023 is there something or some things that we need to let go of? Are we clinging to something that is holding us captive? Is there a new level of freedom right around the corner? Will we wait for life to create the situation or situations that force us to let go? Or will we start the process of letting go, grieving and walking in new level of freedom today?
Do you need someone to walk with in the process of letting go? Lets have a conversation.
Happy New Year. Kimberly