The chains…

The sun sets on another day…

Sunset was again filled with clouds. Rainy huh? Sure is! Still, the rain cascaded across the windows and made music that no musician could easily duplicate. It turned out to be a good day.

I have written twice about Dickens. Here and here.

I was thinking a lot last night about the chains we wear. According to Dickens, we forge our chains link by link. Marley says, “I wear the chain I forged in life… I made it link by link and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my own free will, I wore it.” If you read about it much, you will find many people have different and like opinions about these chains. Whether built of selfishness or material wants, the chains Marley bore were heavy and more.

So, what chains do we bear today? I carry chains that I try to shed daily, but I know many hold on. My chains are forged with lost loves, past indiscretions, and past situations that I did not seize. I forged my chains by being too cautious sometimes, and too aggressive others. I wear a burden built of not doing things to my potential for any other reason than the fear of others. Each day I try to come to terms with what I have built and leave some positive in my wake to lighten that load.

What chains do you wear? Are they the chains of chances lost to fear or avoidance? Do you wear chains that are built of greed or envy? Are your chains built strong to wall you from others, or do you let loose your chains and try to fly? Have you ever thought about your chains and how they came to be?

I have found that some people hold back for fear, and some hold back to have others feel for them. I know people who wear their chains proudly and those that fear the weight of their bindings. I know others whose chains are heavy but will never easily see them there. It is all personal. It is all based on bias and belief.

Funny. Bias and belief are sometimes our foundations.

All I can say for sure is we all need to come to terms with our chains and find a way to build our best self every day. After all, when tomorrow comes, it would be easier to face realizing we live the best life every day.

So as the sun sets on another day, here, hold my chains. I believe in myself and will find the best me I can be and bring others with me if I can. I believe there is more to life than rules and more to love than a simple surface statement. Ultimately, I hope we can all find our peace, set aside our chains, and be free. After all, life is pretty fun if you allow it to be. Make your best day, and set aside your chains, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and where’s the hammer….