Friday, January 02, 2009

It's so lonely being free -

"The Price of Freedom"
digital collage by Mick Mather
As we prepare to move into our normal routines as these holidays slip away, it occurs to me to ask the question, "what price must we pay to free ourselves from the old and step boldly forward into something new?" At the same time I wonder if the uncertainty of this particular time, given the current recession, will be any different than any other year. Have our resolve and our annual resolutions been affected or afflicted? If now is not the time to break away, when? I sit quietly, listening to the soughing of the wind, and wonder yet again, what price is to be paid?

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Blogger SusuPetal said...

Interesting thoughts, Mick. Maybe being free means not to escape from oneself anymore?

5:40 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Without going off on any number of tangents here, yes, I think that is a key. In a world where, far too often, we're literally and figuratively removed from the process of connecting to our own experiences, to begin with ones own self makes sense to me. I'm sure I'll have more to say about this later.

7:43 AM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Freedom... To me it's a total independence of everything. The biggest problem is how to earn your money and still be free. I would like to be a freelance again. Not much money (like I had now, lol) always, but it was my choice.

I fell in love with your collage!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

Yes, how to earn the sort of living that modern man has grown accustomed to can be a problem. I believe, as the words in today's post suggest, finding that freedom to adjust to living day to day, in the moment, is quite likely a lonely proposition. In other words, how much comfort are we willing to give up in order to live free. Is that even the sort of freedom that one wishes to aspire to? The answer is within each of us and only we as individuals and decide.

11:15 AM  
Blogger Lisa Sarsfield said...

Best wishes for a happy NY Mick. I wanted to make it over here before Chirstmas to wish you a happy Christmas too but never made it!!

I hope this years gotten off to a good start. I look forward to seeing what sort of boxes and trees and maybe even birdhouses you come up with.

I wonder if we really want the answer to your question?? What Price is Freedom and could we handle it (freedom) if we really and truly had it?

Be blessed and happy!!

12:22 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Lisa Sarsfield:
Thanks and right back at ya for the Holiday Greetings. I'm always optimistic and expect the new year to be a good one. I appreciate your anticipation of some new land art pieces or even some new birdhouses. As I may have mentioned, a piece to be called Snow Box or Ice Box is on the drawing board and may materialize when and if the snow is the right consistency. Stay tuned. As regards my question, being ready for the sort of freedom I believe is at the root of this discussion is another part of the same debate. Once a decision is made, preparations and plans can begin. I suppose I bring this up because so many of us seem to be expecting very hard times ahead. They don't have to be so hard ... we'll see.

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well now this is a really deep subject. I wonder just the opposite...what price conformity?

4:23 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

Ah, the wise woman, looking in from the other side. I have a feeling that the lie of conformity is that we think we're getting a bargain basement blowout special ... trouble is, your freedom is decidedly compromised. I'm not pointing fingers here, being as guilty as most everyone else, but the question often comes to mind.

6:15 PM  

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