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Tiny Wisdom: What It Means to Be Free

“Freedom is the will to be responsible to ourselves.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

  • When you choose to forgive instead of seeing the world through bitter eyes, you are free.
  • When learn from your mistakes instead of letting them define or cripple you, you are free.
  • When you love yourself regardless of what other people think, you are free.
  • When you accept uncertainty instead of stressing about what you don’t know, you are free.
  • When you embrace chaos, instead of struggling for control, you are free.
  • When you recognize that we are all imperfect, and then resist the urge to fight that, you are free.
  • When you choose to appreciate what you have instead of lamenting what you’ve lost, you are free.
  • When you plant yourself in this moment, and do what you can to make the most of it, you are free.

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Lori Deschene is the founder of Tiny Buddha. She is the author of the Tiny Wisdom eBook series (which includes one free eBook) and Tiny Buddha's Guide to Loving Yourself. She's also the co-founder of the eCourse Recreate Your Life Story: Change the Script and Be the HeroFollow @tinybuddha for inspiring posts and wisdom quotes.

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  • Cooper

    This pretty much sums it up, Lori. Now, if only about 305 million people would just read this and take it to heart. It would be a good start

  • Roger

    Thanks for this, as I read through this, I realized I have worked on each one of these in earnest over the past two years, and it’s starting to sink in/come together.  Wow, I feel good about the work I’ve done!  Thanks!

  • Deb_vo

    Lori, let me thank you so, so much for the daily gems that you post!!! I have found wisdom in your words, over and over, at just the right time, for something that I am going through. I have shared your posts with a few friends, who also have reaped rewards from your insights and wisdom. Thank you so much for all of the energy and time that you put into this daily blog!!

  • http://www.tammi-tan.blogspot.com/ tammi

    I love this: “When you embrace chaos, instead of struggling for control, you are free”

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    Congrats, Roger! I thought the same thing when I was writing this. Sometimes it’s hard for me to recognize all the progress I’ve made until I step back a little. Isn’t it wonderful to realize we’re always growing, learning, and becoming stronger and wiser? :)

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    You are most welcome! I actually just responded to your other comment. I love running Tiny Buddha, and I love connecting with so many other people who are committed to healing and happiness. Thank you for being part of this site. :)

  • Courtney K.

    Absolutely beautiful words.  Thanks for the daily inspiration. :)

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  • http://www.aquarius-company.com Aquarius Company

    Looking for the “love” button again … <3

  • Dawn

    #1 was probably the most defining for me. My father…is quite simply, an asshole (excuse my language) I tried for years as a teenager and young adult to get him to see the pain he caused me by pretending I was not his daughter.  Needless to say, I never got through, and it only caused me more pain.

    When I finally made the decision to forgive him it was quite the weight lifting experience. He hasn’t changed…he’s still an ass.  I’ve come to realize, he is only what he knows how to do. I can be with him, take his nasty comments, and let them slide.  I am done holding on to that anger…

    Over the last 10 years I’ve been able to accomplish all of your list…Freeing is definitely what it does.

  • Hir_1982

    I like the first one when u choose to forgive instead seeing wolrd through bitter eyes u are free.

    Really nice post. It redefines the meaning of freedom.

  • Heather

    Thank you for this.It helps to read it from someone else and know that were not alone in this quest!

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    I guess it starts with us. =)

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    That sounds a terribly difficult situation to deal with–but how inspiring that you’ve been able to forgive in spite of that.  There’s nothing like the feeling of letting go of anger. It’s like the whole world becomes a brighter place.

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    You are most welcome Courtney =)

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    You are most welcome! I love that, too–remembering we are never alone. We are all in this together. :)

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    Thank you–I’m glad you found this helpful!

  • gwynneve

    thanks. an going to copy that in my journal for daily reading.

  • Todream42004

    Forgiveness is a powerful thing. I’m 62 and when I was little my mother wasn’t around. Just didn’t care, wanted her sinking drinking lifestyle. We didn’t speak for so many years until my Dad died. Then she wanted to be in my life that was 12 years ago. Just 2 years ago did I hear she had breast cancer. I forgave all the years of pain.

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    You are most welcome!

  • http://twitter.com/lori_deschene Lori Deschene

    That’s wonderful you were able to forgive your mother. I’m glad you’ve been able to rebuild that relationship while there is still time. =)