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Word Prompts Help Creativity-Week 29-Freedom
Brenda gave us the word prompt ‘Freedom’ this week. The word brought to my mind an article I had read where the author mentions two kinds of freedom. 'Freedom from' and 'Freedom to'. Freedom from hunger, poverty, lack of shelter constitute the basic form of 'Freedom from'. The American psychologist Abraham Maslow, who is cited as one of the prominent authority on human psychology constructed a hierarchy of needs which illustrates the evolution of ‘freedom from’ to higher and higher stages of ‘freedom to’. As society evolves and the basic physiological requirements are met, man seeks higher levels of freedom in his search for fulfillment, like comfort and financial security, emotional wellbeing, love, friendship, and family bonding, according to Maslow.
Higher in this pyramid of motivation is gaining social and professional esteem. Finally, the apex of this pyramid is what Maslow called self-actualization. That means attaining one’s full potential as a human being. In his paper titled ‘A theory of human motivation’ published in 1943, he traces the evolution of the various degrees of freedom that man seeks in his attempt to seek fulfillment and reach his full potential.
True Meaning of Freedom
Most of the time, we live a life trying to please others and seek approval for our actions from people around us or try to conform to the norms and rules set by society. We constantly live worrying what others think of us or what the future has in store for us. So instead of enjoying the present by living in the moment, we live in continuous dread of the future and keep brooding on past difficulties and troubles that we had faced and suffered. So we cannot be said to be living in freedom in the true sense. Many times, we are forced to give up our passions for the sake of practicality. Our freedom is constricted by societal norms and familial bonds.
A passionate singer or actor gives up his ambitions to pursue his or her dreams as it does not ensure a stable and secure future and opts for a profession not dear to his or her heart. As a result, they are not truly happy or satisfied. We rarely find a person who is not restrained by any rules but lives life on his or her own terms. One can achieve true happiness by striving to live one’s dreams and passions and charting out one's own path. Such persons do not fear discrimination and being judged but live with courage, self-confidence, and belief in their abilities. They are the ones who have attained true freedom. Freedom of mind body and soul.
Freedom-An Acrostic Poem
Freedom in the true sense means
Right to do as one wishes
Equal opportunity, pursuit of happiness
Express one’s ideas and opinions freely
Demand justice when denied and also
Of not causing harm to others
Mostly it is a state of Mind
Poem-Free as a Bird-A Dream-Response to Word Prompt Week 29
I dreamt I was a bird
Into the horizon I merged
Flying high in the sky
To the cage I said goodbye.
Enjoying the new found freedom
What a feeling it was to have some
Freedom from the restraints and
To go anywhere that I pleased.
To find freedom from being judged
From limitations that tie me down
From fear of failing or falling.
Freedom to soar higher and higher
The glorious sky getting brighter
beckoning me on, never to retire.
What a great view it was
Like a canvas painted by the Gods
Of mountains and forests and seas
The flight finding true direction
In the breeze of transformation.
Freedom from pain and anguishes
No desires and no disappointments
Freedom from unfulfilled promises
From familial bonds and restrictions.
Being true to my own self and content
With a heart full of love and peace
Like a voyager seeking passage
Into an expansive realm of freedom.
To realize my full potential and wisdom
Progressing to a path of self-discovery
Being free from all earthly constraints
And reach the ultimate goal of spiritual Freedom.
© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR