Embracing freedom according to your definition of it

October 22, 2020

Ask ten people what freedom means to them and the answers might be creative, varied and possibly mind-blowing.

Once we delve into what it signifies for us, we may notice personal beliefs and considerations come into play. Embracing freedom according to your definition of it, is, let’s never forget, an activity just as valid as that of anybody else’s. Provided, that is, everyone’s human rights are respected.

Embracing freedom according to your definition of it is a proactive choice, as well as a life-defining action and one surely worthy of praise and respect. And this is true even if we don’t agree with another person’s definition of freedom.

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About Brian

Brian Groves DipM FCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate clients and individuals, mainly motivated young and mid-life professionals who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches the International graduate course Personal marketing: performance skills at work.

In past semesters, he additionally taught the International graduate course Leadership coaching: bringing potential to the stage of work and the Interfaculty postgraduate course Training through drama and coaching for work.

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November 12, 2009

New Beginnings

 The news this week has been dominated by celebrations concerning the fall of the Berlin Wall and the solemn commemorations of those who lost their lives in past wars.

Holding such memories is something we in the so-called civilized world do very well. That I am able to write this and you are able to read it is, in a sense, a testimony to the liberty and freedom millions died for.

On a personal level, I am conscious freedom remains an unknown element for many in a number of countries around the world. Cynically one can imagine we will in time organize a day to remember the atrocities currently being committed. After all, as the cliché goes “what can we do?”

As always choices are available if we are prepared to look for them. Gandhi (1869-1948), Martin Luther King (1929-1968) and Mother Teresa (1910-1997) were able to find them with less resources than we have today. Waiting for the right time would have led to a continuation of the pain. They chose to live in the moment and be an example for those around them and for us today.

Diminishing the anger and inclination to lash out with harsh words in our own little corner of the world won’t save those suffering repression, violence and famine in far-off parts of the world. It will, however, reduce the overall tension which in part fuels the international distrust, indifference and disinterest being the curtains behind which oppressors operate.

Making such choices requires patience, attention to one’s behaviour and above love for ourselves, our fellow humans and for our world. Without love the rest has little worth, no? So, is there any time better than now to begin?

John Lennon (1940-1980) and Paul McCartney (1942-) summed it up so eloquently: “All you need is love, love, love is all you need.”

Ciao for now.


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