What is your definition of Freedom?

definition of freedom

definition of freedom

What is your definition of Freedom?

Today is the 4th of July and in the United States we are celebrating Independence Day – a day that represents the claiming of freedom for our nation. There are times I am proud to be an American and other times not so much. Mostly, I am grateful for living in a country where I have the freedom to choose the life I want to live.

If I had to define freedom for myself, the freedom of choice would be at the top of my list of definitions.

I talk a lot about freedom in my life, with my clients and even here on my blog. Freedom is my highest core value for my business. I am in business because I want to create a lifestyle that puts family first and still build a profitable business. And I am making it happen! So today, I celebrate the Independence of our nation but also my own freedom.

I will be spending the day at the beach here in beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, with my family. I am feeling grateful for my life and the freedom to enjoy it.

What is your definition of freedom? Share in the comments below.

definition of freedom

Here are more definitions of freedom from OxfordDictionaries.com:

1 – 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

2 – Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government: he was a champion of Irish freedom

3 – The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved: the shark thrashed its way to freedom

4 – The state of being physically unrestricted and able to move easily: the shorts have a side split for freedom of movement

5 – (freedom from) The state of not being subject to or affected by (a particular undesirable thing): government policies to achieve freedom from want

6 – The power of self-determination attributed to the will; the quality of being independent of fate or necessity.

7 – Unrestricted use of something: the dog is happy having the freedom of the house when we are out

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  1. Sherri Hayter on July 4, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Minette, my families core tenants are also Freedom and Flexibility. I enjoyed learning the varying meanings of Freedom – such a powerful word! Happy 4th of July to you 🙂

    • minette on July 4, 2014 at 8:38 am

      Thanks, Sherri! Enjoy your day.

  2. Susan Evans on July 4, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I’m so glad to be living in a country where we have as much freedom as we do. But freedom is purchased with a price. I’m very thankful for our military who put their lives in danger to protect our freedoms.

  3. Diane Boyko Achatz on July 4, 2014 at 8:52 am

    So, so true Minette! Isn’t it interesting how so many of our “why”s involve a concept of Freedom!

    Enjoy Santa Barbara today! I used to love to visit when we lived in Ventura County. Oh I miss kayaking in the bays!

    • minette on July 4, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Hi Diane – thanks for stopping by. I love the drive between Ventura and Santa Barbara – gorgeous views of the coastline. And yes, kayaking is fun!

  4. Andrea on July 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Hi Minette, great post! Freedom is something very close to my heart. I can’t stand the feeling of being trapped or constricted. For me, personal freedom is very important. I found when I started a meditation practice, I was actually more free than I thought. The more I let go of the need to resist whatever was happening in my life at that moment, the more free I felt. Perhaps freedom is a state of mind, the perspective we regard the world with. Food for thought, love it! Blessings, Andrea

  5. Dawn Teresa on July 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I guess we all have naturally have freedom on our minds today. I shared my thoughts on my blog about freedom of expression, especially in regards to the written word and the right to read. I’d love for you to have a look.

    • minette on July 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Dawn, I will definitely head over and take a look at your post on fREADom!

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