Liberty, Freedom, Leisure, Level 8, 3
Critical distinctions arise for me. Is it really money that will give me freedom? Is freedom the same as liberty? Is liberty the same as leisure?
How have I defined these things before? Why now do I question their worth to my self expression?
“Financial freedom” is the buzz word. It is having no worries about money or maybe having money to off-set and dissipate worries. It is having money in the bank and good quality belongings in your life. It is being able to pay for what one wants or needs. It is knowing your worth and having an assurance it cannot be lessened by lack. But maybe it is not really being interested in money at all. Maybe it is being okay with what you have; blessing and showing appreciation for the givens that cost nothing–the waking from sleep, the air we breath, an adequate roof over our heads, the expectation and granting of meals for sustenance, friends, family, and a good head on our shoulders with a respectable appreciation for nature and life. Suppose I am free already because I have no huge debts, no accounts to manage, nor taxes nor employees to pay. Maybe I am financially free because I have enough to grant me the pleasure of being. This brings me to Leisure.
So without money can one have leisure? Is the quality of leisure measured by money? Must the type of leisure be determined by money? If I never got to go jet skiing or to take a world cruise, would I be less able to call myself one who enjoys leisure? I think not. Leisure is my time to spend in any pleasurable way I choose:shopping, watching TV, bird watching, sleeping on the lawn, flipping through fashion magazines, following my favorite celebrities and the daily news. Am I pursuing more money so as to upgrade my leisure? Probably not. Then what makes leisure so important? Liberty does.
Liberty allows me to go and come at will where I will. It is wherein I make choices–this and not that, red and not blue, there and not here, those and not these. Stay or go. I choose a thousand times a day, little things:what to pay attention to, what to say or do in response to tragic news or astonishing good news. I am at liberty because my soul is free, my body is mine, my thoughts are my own. This realization costs no money. The absolute preciousness of my life and my freedom to actualize my liberty and leisure make me a free spirit, one who probably could live as well with no more money than I have now than if I had more next week. The next question is will money change me? Is this the real question I am asking?Am I afraid to have more because I’ll need to do and be more than to simply enjoy the simple things of life that satisfy me?
Yes folks, this program is definitely calling up the depths of thought and action about money.