Freedom: Authentic Expression Searching for a Tribe

Freedom: Authentic Expression Searching for a Tribe

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  • A word that has special significance as it seems under fire in social media news feeds. It’s #FinLit Friday, and another opportunity for me to share definitions that impact your health and well-being.
    • Traditional Meaning: I couldn’t help but be a bit uncertain as I opened google to see the main definition of freedom. “The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.” The word has other variations on that meaning as well.
      • Absence of subjection, as in “Protest was the only conscious route to freedom.”
      • Not being imprisoned or enslaved, as in “He exercised his freedom to protest.”
      • The power of self-determination, as in “He took a knee as his act of freedom to speak up for those who were mistreated.”
    • Connotation: You may know freedom through its representatives and symbols, like a President or a flag. Yet, freedom is personal in a way that representative and symbols can only approximate and hopefully protect and serve.
      • My view, freedom is an expression of self as a whole—every part, good, bad, and indifferent. Understanding that good or bad are inadequate labels applied to people. The real question is about expression and whether you are free to authentically express You. When you do, does it fit with your current surroundings, others or not.
    • Application to Life:
      • The challenge is to endure the loss when you find that you are not a fit. To both grieve as an authentic human, and to know for certain that your authentic expression will find a tribe.
      • As a forthcoming Life Map book draft describes “…Freedom is in who you are, your development over time, the person that finds expression each day. The scaffolding of a plan coupled with your motivation and energy moves away from supposed and predestined outcomes as you meditate on your becoming. The goal is to become whole.”
      • Scaffolding a plan. Putting together a list of your priorities. Walking within that plan each day. Living as an example of gratitude and justice and progress. That is freedom. And, beware of anything that reduces or limits that expression.
    • Question: And, what is your priority? Maybe we should define that word: priority. That’s our definition for next time. Until then, continue to seek health and well-being. Be grateful. Attract blessings, and mind your business.
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