Freedom is … getting a parking ticket and not having a mind-story around it. I got a parking ticket the other day and started to not only bemoan the fact that I got one, but started down the rabbit hole of berating myself for getting one. ‘I should have been more responsible’ ; ‘G-d has got it out for me’ etc. And then I stopped my judgy, negative thoughts and said ‘ I’m going to be happy even though I got a ticket.’ That decision stopped my mind-story in its tracks and though I allowed myself to feel the disappointment of getting a ticket, I didn’t allow myself to spiral into making it mean something terrible. Unpleasant, yes; terrible, no. And this is freedom.
5th day of the Jewish month of Nissan – the month of Freedom