Monday, June 10, 2013

Motivational Monday

People learn to love their chains - Daenerys Targaryen

If you watch Game of Thrones you recognize the above quote. Daenerys spoke these words when referring to the slaves she had freed in Yunkai when she and her advisers were trying to decide if ex-slaves would come forward to accept the freedom being given them. Would they recognize the gift they had been given or were they too indoctrinated to accept it?

This hit me like a ton of bricks. It is so true. Not accepting freedom from slavery, but accepting freedom from those bad habits that chain us to unhappiness and keep us from who we want to be. Bad habits develop because they serve a need, they fill a gap. They obviously are not the best way of handling what bothers us, but maybe we are too afraid to confront what truly is the root of the problem, maybe we want to hide from the problem pretending it doesn't exist. Whatever the reason, we turn to bad habits when we are faced with stressful situations. 

But, what if we chose to break those chains? What if we break the chains and move onto the life we really want to lead? What if we accept the gift we have been given and embrace what we are meant to be. 

So, here's the challenge. Break the chains. Let's decide the chains don't define us. We all know what our chains are, we all know what's holding us back, it's time we recognize we are stronger than the chains. We can be stronger than the chains.

What chains hold you back? Join me in breaking the chains that hold me back as I work to reach my goals! 


  1. A few years ago, I did just that. I was working a job I disliked, and dreaded to go to "chains" and one day decided I had enough and I wanted to work for myself. I have been doing it for the past 2 1/2 years and life has never been better! Good luck on your goals and breaking the chains holding you back from anything!

  2. Thanks! I'm slowly breaking them myself. I quit working in fund raising and now work in the historical field, which is a dream come true! I've broken the chains of not working out and go pretty regularly. The last chain is diet. And I am tackling it next!

  3. Always heard so much about Game of Thrones. Need to watch. Go you for breaking those chains. We all have them. Just a matter of figuring out what they are and doing something about it!
    Emma @ a mom runs this town

    1. Thanks Emma! I'm trying! That quote just struck me as more than the literal slaves it was meant for and that we all have chains we need to break free from, the question is whether we will or not. I want to be like the slaves who chose freedom.