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Friday Prompt: Slavery and Freedom

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Last week, we celebrated Passover. While the holiday's name comes from the Israelites being passed over when God dished out punishment to the oppressive Egyptians, what resonates with most of us today is the story of a people emancipating themselves, escaping slavery.

External shackles are easy to spot. In fact, they are impossible to ignore. But mental shackles are much more difficult to notice and even more difficult to escape. I like to think, around this time, about my mental shackles and whether I can let go of some of them. It can be a way I think I should be or behave that I picked up as a child, how I think me or my house should look like. Or it can be a strategy that worked for me a year, five years, ten years ago and is no longer helpful. I try to notice these, thank them for their service, and let them go.

Spring is a great time for cleaning and renewal. You can literally feel it in the air, as do the trees, flowers, and the plethora of insects that have suddenly joined our picnics. Clean and renewal can mean our homes or spaces, and it can mean our habits or strategies.

Today, I invite you to think about what you are enslaved by and whether you can let that go. As usual, writers can use their main character as a stand-in: what are your MC’s shackles? Can they let go of them?


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