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The Five Freedoms PDF
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 00:00

Take a look at THE FIVE FREEDOMS. "To remind me what they are I've nailed them up above the desk" ( Carola Scholl ).   "Freedom - such an important thing.  I've already printed them out and pinned them on my kitchen wall!"  ( Claudia Held-Barduna).


THE FREEDOM to see and hear
what is here,
instead of what should be, was, or will be.

what you feel and think,
instead of what is expected.

THE FREEDOM to feel what you really feel,
instead of what you think you ought to feel.

THE FREEDOM to ask for what you want,
instead of always waiting for permission.

THE FREEDOM to take risks on your own behalf,
instead of taking the safe option
and never trying anything new.

© Virginia Satir

Translation © Paul Whitelock


DIE FREIHEIT, das zu sehen und zu hören,
was im Moment wirklich da ist,
anstatt was sein sollte, gewesen ist oder sein wird.

DIE FREIHEIT, das auszusprechen,
was ich wirklich fühle und denke,
und nicht das, was von mir erwartet wird.

DIE FREIHEIT, zu meinen Gefühlen zu stehen,
und nicht etwas anderes vorzutäuschen.

DIE FREIHEIT, um das zu bitten, was ich brauche,
anstatt immer erst auf Erlaubnis zu warten.

DIE FREIHEIT, in eigener Verantwortung
Risiken einzugehen, anstatt immer auf Nummer Sicher
zu gehen und nichts Neues zu wagen.




Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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