Freedom – Do We Take It For Granted?

Every 4th of July I always think of our founding fathers and the steps they took to ensure our freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness when they signed the Declaration of Independence.  Why is it I primarily think of freedom only on the patriotic holidays (i.e. Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, etc.)  Have I shut down and become numb to our inherent birthright to be free?  What does being and living free really mean?  I have the ability to freely choose my thoughts, words, deeds and actions.  Freedom actually begins with a thought and that thought can lead to more life for all.

What if I change my focus to gratefully acknowledge all of my amazing freedoms (freedom of thought, etc.) on a daily basis?  What one focuses on expands.  When I appreciate, acknowledge, and take action on freedom thoughts, I am expanding and bringing change into my world.  And when I change, the whole world changes.  I invite you to begin to explore your thoughts on freedom – may they bring you peace, expansion, and joy.
Dianne Dougherty



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3 responses to “Freedom – Do We Take It For Granted?

  1. Hi there. Thanks for directing me to your blog. I like to share the quote “What we focus on expands” in my content. Many times either a lack of focus or focusing on the wrong thing can be one of our greatest enemies and a contributor to overwhelm. You’ve given some nice thoughts for us to wrap our mind around.

    Great blog. I’m in transition to my new site.



    • Hey, Robin

      Thanks SO MUCH for joining our movement!

      I just played around on the KIVA site and “topped up” 2 loan requests, and made a contribution to another one. Feels SOOOOO good!!!

  2. Several years ago I talked a lot about “responsibility.” Just 7 years ago I found a resumé I had had created as I was leaving my career to “figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up” (at the age of 38) and saw that my Mission was written as “Help people learn to take responsibility for themselves … and to leave that of others for them.” The cool thing was that I was seeing this resumé, during this perging exercise, after having embarked on entrepreneurship as a Professional Coach.

    To me, coaching does just that: Helps people learn to take responsibility for themselves. And the sad thing about how many busy themselves with other people’s affairs is that they’re actually robbing those others of their own learning experiences and their own personal growth.

    7 years later I’m enjoying a flourishing coaching practice helping more and more people enjoy life a whole lot more than they ever have before … some, even more than when in childhood.

    Just last week, in fact (April 22nd/23rd, 2010), in a training session with my clients in a year-long business strategies training & coaching program, one client said: “Ahhhh, it’s all about responsibility.” I smiled and said: “So you know my personal mission statement, I see.” (above)

    This week finds me participating again in a 3-day conference with my mentor and 40 other consciously aware people … wanting more out of life.

    As I get clearer on my personal Mission Statement, that about which I’m passionate … MY LIFE’S PURPOSE … I see that it’s actually even deeper than that.

    You see, too many children are raised to believe in a whole series of warped VALUES. The people I know (and most in any of these groups I participate in regularly none of whom I ever met before) are raised with a lack and limitation mentality. And we carry that with us like our security blanket throughout our lifetimes.


    I want this to stop! And to stop RIGHT HERE!!! RIGHT NOW!!!

    I guess you can see … this is what I’m passionate about. This is what fires me up! This is what really pisses me off.

    We are born without limitations. We are born with every opportunity for FREEDOM … and then we’re taught from the get-go that we are not free. We’re taught how we have to conform to society’s rules and standards, and know our place … and we NEVER forget.


    We 7 in this group were given an assignment. To complete the assignment we shared our Life’s Purposes (our hearts’ desires), pooled our ideas and decided that we, the FREEDOM BY EXAMPLE team, are going to make a huge, lasting impact in the world by contributing to single-mother entrepreneurs in developing countries.

    I know that this will contribute to the mothers being able to take responsibility for providing better care to their children. I also know that these mothers will be teaching their children and others in their community … by example … that these children, too, can take responsibility for themselves. And these children’s children, and the children in the community and their children, will all learn that they have the freedom to do whatever their hearts desire. By example, these single-mother entrepreneurs we help will be teaching these children that they have the freedom to take risks, and the support to continue to grow and take more risks.

    If you feel drawn to contribute to these single-Mom entrepreneurs, along with us, we would all be so appreciative. Check it out:

    I just made a fairly small donation, completing the requested loan amount for 2 people and contributing towards the loan requested for another person. WHAT A GREAT FEELING!!!!

    Join me, won’t you?

    What’s freedom to you?


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