Saturday, April 19, 2008

Attraction, not promtion

When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person, there are no expectations, only an invitation to reach into ourselves and discover there our own freedom.

Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.

Henri Nouwen

5 comments:

Kel said...

this is my prayer
to be free in this way

chris said...

apparently, I'm only a little free.

Patsy Clairmont said...

The people who have influenced me profoundly are those whose liberty has given them the breadth to accept others without judgement and celebrate them and their achievements without jealousy.

Freedom makes space for failure and success. What a gift.

Tim said...

I love this!

Heidi Renee said...

Patsy Clairmont - Cracked Pots Patsy Clairmont? Oh my, I'm honored.

"Freedom makes space for failure and success - what a gift" - beautiful! Thank you for adding to an amazing thought with another.

Because the freedom to fail is truly the freedom we all need, the freedom to risk. If we are too terrorized by failure we will never try.