“There is a wonderful mythical law of nature that the three things we crave most in life -- happiness, freedom, and peace of mind -- are always attained by giving them to someone else.” ~Peyton C. March
What a wonderful reminder this quote is! At this time of celebrating our freedom – our independence – this quote reminds us of how freedom can actually be inter-dependence. Understandably we so often see freedom as something we fight for, but even as Jesus was counter-cultural, what would happen if we would instead see freedom as something we give away to benefit someone else? How do I feel when I focus all my efforts into trying to be free of someone else’s control? Or focus on my rights and how I need to fight for them? These bring up feelings of frustration and anxiety and anger for me.
Then… How do I feel when I free a butterfly? Or give a child the freedom to explore or make mistakes? Or help someone free themselves from limiting beliefs or lack of self-esteem? I remember feeling happy, at peace… Which would you choose?
Guide me past any knee-jerk reactions
to fight for the freedoms I may want.
Lead me to the freedom of giving away
what I might most want.
“It is in giving that we receive,” says St. Francis.
That is a freedom I want to experience.
Give me the presence of mind
the pause – to choose giving
away happiness, peace,
and even freedom,
rather than fighting for these things.
Let Freedom Ring!