“It is easy in the world to live after the world’s opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.” Ralph Waldo Emerson “One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe “Be a loner. That gives you time to wonder, to search for
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Security or freedom? My whole life these two values have battled it out. I still have the notebook from a number of years ago when I went through Tony Robbins’ program Personal Power 2. One of the exercises had you list out your values and then arrange them. Ten lines, ten values in order of importance. In my scribbled handwriting, the word FREEDOM is written on line 1, and SECURITY on line 2. Connecting them