The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.
~ Victor Frankl
You’ve heard the question, “Why does the caged bird sing?” We are all birds in cages in one way or another, but we have a choice in how we respond. I prefer to sing. It is like a prayer for me. It calms me and makes the moment tolerable.
A friend of mine wears a cap with a picture of Tweety on it. Her disease makes her feel like a bird in a cage, trapped in a sick body. The hat reminds her that caged birds can still be happy and sing. When you sing you bring harmony back into your life.
You have a choice about the quality of the sounds you make. I know birds that give out piercing sounds to get attention when they are lonely. I prefer to sing, dance, and laugh, but at times I do shriek. (Of course, the way I sing gets attention, but people prefer that I be happy and quiet for their peace and comfort!)
How do you respond to your cage, and what song do you choose to sing?