Freedom, Choices & Happiness

by Jo-Ann Downey

in Inspiration

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What is true freedom?  Is freedom internal or external?  Can we choose ways to be free?  And…what does freedom have to do with happiness?

I have been thinking a lot about freedom, free will, acceptance, choices, and happiness lately.  These quotes helped me to put some pieces of the puzzle together:

“He who is brave is free.”  Seneca (mid- 1st century)

“Freedom lies in being bold.”  Robert Frost (1874-1963)

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)

“The secret of happiness is freedom.  The secret of freedom is courage.” Thucydides (460-404bc)

“A bird in the hand is certainty.  But a bird in the bush may sing.” Bret Harte (1836-1902)

“Those who desire to give up freedom in order to gain security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”  Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790)

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.”  Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

“There is no such thing as a little freedom.  Either you are all free, or you are not free.” Walter Cronkite (1916-2009)

My favorite:

“I know but one freedom and that is the freedom of the mind.”  Antoine de Saint-Exupery (1900-1944)

Are you brave enough, free enough, to see and accept the choices available to you?  Can you accept that your best choice may be outside of your comfort zone?  Can you accept the choices of others?

“Your willingness and freedom to choose outwardly is a reflection of your willingness and freedom to choose inwardly.”  Jo-Ann Downey

photo credit: denise carbonell

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