Beautiful Words (3)

Day 49 

The exercise – Pick one word from the British Council‘s top twenty and free write for five minutes.

The word I chose is Freedom


What is freedom? There are several definitions of the word as listed in the Oxford Dictionary but I am going to focus on freedom of choice.

Many of us spend years working in jobs that offer us no intellectual or emotional satisfaction but which are financially rewarding and safe. Nothing wrong with that.

Many of us spend a great deal of our working lives wishing we didn’t have to go to work every day or that we were doing something else.  Many people dread going to work, complain about it all the time and feel they are wasting their life away.

In the past I told colleagues, who constantly complained about their jobs, that we all have choices.  They rejected my statement saying that they had mortgages to pay.  Well, that is a choice – they are choosing to work a job they don’t like in order to live with comfort.  They could choose to do a  job that wouldn’t pay as much but would give them more satisfaction.  I accept that to exercise their freedom of choice they would have to find another job. But if we remain where we are, we are freely choosing to do that every day even if it does not appear to be a choice.

I too recognize that my job does not give me the satisfaction that I would like to have but I am grateful for what I have. I know that it is my choice to remain – I choose the safe and comfortable job over uncertainty and lack of money.



Definition of freedom


  • the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint:we do have some freedom of choice he talks of revoking some of the freedoms
  • absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government:he was a champion of Irish freedom
  • the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved:the shark thrashed its way to freedom
  • the state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily:the shorts have a side split for freedom of movement
  • (freedom from) the state of not being subject to or affected by (a particular undesirable thing):government policies to achieve freedom from want
  • the power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.
  • unrestricted use of something:the dog is happy having the freedom of the house when we are out
  • archaic familiarity or openness in speech or behavior.

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