February 7th – Freedom

Today I chose a lengthy post entitled ‘Freedom’ to update.   The first thing I wanted to address was the reasoning behind the title.  I have no idea! I was going through a difficult time in virtually every area of my life.  I was exhausted.  I honestly can not imagine what I was thinking.  While ‘Freedom’  would make for a worthy subject for a blog, it makes little sense as a title for this blog which was totally about  ‘Peace’.

https://seclusion101withannemarie.com/2020/02/19/freedom/

Update on my journey to peace – I spent the first five decades of my life struggling with stress and anxiety.  In my fifties, I started make some winning progress in my ongoing  battle, but struggled on.  Finally in 2020, I changed my focus from ‘fighting stress and anxiety’ to ’embracing peace’.   This change has made all of the difference. 🕊️🕊️🕊️

Since my original plan was to focus on the subject of ‘Freedom‘ I thought I should at least touch on this topic in my update. In a few words from the masters that I think are worth consideration….

  • “Responsibility is the price every man must pay for freedom.”. – Edith Hamilton
  • “Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If in out heart we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, possessions – we cannot be free. ” – Thich Nhat Hanh
  • “May we think of freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. ” – Peter Marshall
  • For to be free is not to merely cast off ones chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandel

That’s it for today. Take care and have a great day!

18 thoughts on “February 7th – Freedom

  1. I hear you! Everytime I hear one of those people say they are fighting for freedom for everyone, I just think of all the people they have harassed, inconvenienced, and tormented with their noise, etc. and it just boggles my mind. 😢

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  2. I have probably read his words before but I don’t remember reading anything about him until I saw his death notice last month. I have to check him out more. He sounds very notable.

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  3. I am pretty sure there always will be. My family alone is a fairly dependable source of drama. I always love that story about how boiling water affects eggs (hardboils them), carrots (makes them weak and mushy), and coffee beans (which change the water). Ultimately, I would love to be a coffee bean – but it may take more time than I have left… 😂

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  4. Thank you! I can’t imagine anyone going through life without ever struggling with anxiety. I have met a few genuinely peaceful people, but I have a feeling they earned their peace learning to cope with the hell they went through in life. And I knew a couple who claim to have never suffered from anxiety – but they definitely caused it. 🙄

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