from Chardonnay Beaver
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Did you know that American singer, songwriter and musician Donny Hathaway released his album in 1973? extension of a man? The second song from the album is entitled “Someday We’ll All Be Free”. The hopeful lyrics and uplifting melody marked the song as a classic, and it was later called the anthem for the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Brighter days will be here soon, believe me one day we will all be free. Just wait, one day we’ll all be free.
According to Edward Howardwho wrote the lyrics, “Someday We’ll All Be Free” was meant to be an anthem in support of Hathaway, who was struggling with his declining mental health.
“Donny was a very concerned person. I hoped that eventually he would be redeemed from everything he was going through,” Howard said. “There was nothing I could do but write something that would encourage him.”
Like Howard, I am writing this letter to encourage you and to tell you that freedom is upon us all. However, the freedom will cost you your time and comfort. One way to walk the path to freedom is to ask yourself critical questions.
I believe the road to freedom will require us to reconcile with the unresolved.
Some may adopt patterns of complacency that make them feel trapped. They are comfortable by empathizing with their personal dissatisfaction and regret. This path does not lead to freedom, but to self-destruction.
On the contrary, some may fill their calendar with chores to avoid self-consciousness. Your achievements, goals, and duties begin to possess you. You become trapped in a life of accomplishment rather than purpose. Therefore, they are ineffective in treating others with care. Their social dynamics are fundamentally transactional, not relational. They’re looking for “what’s next” because they’re caught in a vicious cycle. They don’t see their worth beyond their achievements. In contrast to our “hectic” work culture, this path also leads to self-destruction because it is unsustainable and resistant to “true” fulfillment.
Beloved, one of the greatest injuries we can commit is against ourselves.
Freedom challenges us to be bold in sorting through our past mistakes with care and patience. Someday We’ll All Be Free is a journey that can start here.
Wisdom from Char of the Week: Surrender to the promises of hope and freedom. Take the time to let go of the self-destructive patterns of complacency and achievement that hold us captive. John 8:36
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Chardonnay beaver is an influential speaker, storyteller and author for The Facts newspaper. Chardonnay is participating in an undergraduate experience at the University of Washington. In 2019 she founded Words of Wisdom by Char (WOWbyChar): a platform designed to empower individuals in their quest for authenticity. To learn more, visit their website.
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