Sunday, July 09, 2006

Choice...or compulsion?

“Freedom of choice is not, itself, the perfection of liberty. But it helps us take our first step toward freedom or slavery, spontaneity or compulsion. The free man is the one whose choices have given him the power to stand on his own feet and determine his own life according to the higher light and spirit that are in him. The slave, in the spiritual order, is the man whose choices have destroyed all spontaneity in him and have delivered him over, bound hand and foot, to his own compulsions, idiosyncrasies and illusions, so that he never does what he really wants to do, but only what he has to do.”
From The New Man by Thomas Merton

(I borrowed this quote and picture from one of my blogline feeds, Monastic Mumblings, a Friar's Journey. Thank you. It was very timely.)

How free are we? Without freedom of choice, we have no hope of liberty. Think about the choices you have made in the last week. Compulsive or spontaneous? What you wanted and truly chose to do...or what you had to do?

I'd love to hear your insights upon reflection.

Wanda Tucker, Coach


sar_girl said...

I think this is a good idea. There are people out there afraid of having an online identity but may have something great to say. As long as you can monitor I say you go girl. I just hope a few don't ruin it for all.......

Wanda Tucker said...

Not to worry! One of the benefits of this program is that you can monitor the comments before they are posted. For now, I am going to do that. If they are from robots and spiders, or if they are advertisements, I will delete and not post them.