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Freedom of choice

Freedom of choice

Since my last meeting with my coach (yep, I have a life coach J. Trendy, ain’t it? And useful as well, let me tell you!) - I’ve been thinking about freedom of choice and pondering.
Ron, so is the name of this great guy who’s been in my life for the last 10 years or so, tells me we humans always have freedom of choice. Sometimes – often actually - I doubt the merits of the options that we are given. Yes, I could choose to stop working at 46 and enjoy life at the fullest – that is, spend my days doing only the stuff I love to do. In that optic, I’m wondering, though, what my horses would eat? No work, no play in that case…. No money, no horses.
Hm. Something clearly has to give.

Wikipedia gives the following definition of choice:
Choice involves decision making. It can include judging the merits of multiple options and selecting one or more of them. In my experience of life so far, this often means choosing the lesser (necessary) evil between two (necessary) evils and I often envy the hermit in his cabin in the woods or the shepherd in the Garrigue, watching over his flock. I’d love to be able to let go of the material world to just enjoy life at its fullest (see above…).

My spiritual journey has not taken me that far yet, I’m afraid.
Perhaps I’m just really a child of the 20th century?

But wait! I do have a freedom of choice that so many in the world would envy!

I can choose to sit in my pasture and watch the birds fly around singing loudly.
I can choose to say no.
I can choose to say yes.
I have the freedom of speech.
I have freedom of political choice.
I have freedom of religion and choose to have none.
I can disobey.
I can love.
I can choose to be free.
I have freedom of choice!

To be able to say that word aloud, to scream ‘I’m FREE, I can CHOOSE’ with all my breath is in itself, one of the greatest freedoms of all.

In 1942, the French poet Paul Eluard wrote a poem about Freedom, which ends this way:

Et par le pouvoir d’un mot
Je recommence ma vie
Je suis né pour te connaître
Pour te nommer


Séverine Dufour,

Student Affairs Officer Science Programme



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