I’m thrilled to have my friend Thomas Umstattd with us today, chatting about how he lives uncaged. Thomas does awesome websites and teaches about social media around the country. He owns Author Media, the folks behind this site and my new site Write Uncaged.
We’ve known each other a few years now, and I’m thankful to call him friend. Here’s Thomas!
What would it look like for you to live uncaged in 2012?
Living uncaged for me would be living a life without fear. Making decision based on what the right thing to do was not the safe thing. It is all the little fears that bind together to form a the wires of our cages. Any one of them is no big deal but together they cripple us.
What has prevented you from living a truly free and unencumbered life in the past?
Fear of being hurt again like I have been hurt in the past. A lack of emotional trust in God to be willing to take little steps of faith. My mind trusts God and bullies my heart into trusting Him in the big things of life. But my mind doesn’t have the energy left force my heart to trust God in the little things. I think the point of the Gospel is for the heart to be the source of trust and for that trust to trickle up to the brain. I don’t have that kind of trust but I want to.
Give my readers advice. What’s one practical thing they can do this year to live uncaged? (This can be silly like dancing in the rain or serious like eat more chocolate.)
Find the one little thing that you’ve been avoiding and do it. If you focus on just one little cage bar it is not hard to break. That one little act will bring a small degree of freedom and a large degree of hope. In short, find the one thing in the world you are afraid to do and then do that thing.
Who in your life is an excellent example of living uncaged? Why?
My sister. She knows how to dance like no one is watching.
If you could design a Live Uncaged sweatshirt, what would it look like?
A cage with a bomb going off inside breaking it open. Either that or a cage with a ninja breaking it open. Or perhaps a ninja using a bomb to demolish the cage completely. Yeah, i would probably buy that kind of sweatshirt.