This is Freedom to Me

My daughter embracing her freedom

This morning I enjoyed a long leisurely breakfast at one of my favorite breakfast cafes with my girlfriend from junior high school.  After the perfect spinach and tomato omelet and lots and lots of laughs, I said goodbye to my friend until next time and I came home and retreated to my patio. I picked up my iPad to finish the last few pages of “Freedom” a novel by Jonathan Franzen. As I finished Franzen’s masterpiece of a novel, I was reminded that freedom is truly mine.

I put my iPad down and walked barefoot through my lawn, thanking God for my freedom. Instead of being cooped up in a cubicle, stuck in a boring meeting, or jetting off on a plane, I had just spent the morning catching up with one of my closest friends and now I was soaking up sunshine, enjoying a breeze and barefoot in the grass. This is freedom to me.

When I left my Big Time corporate job 11 years ago, it wasn’t because I didn’t like the job. I actually loved it and I worked with some pretty amazing people. But I didn’t feel free. I worked an average of 45 hours a week, was on a plane a couple times a month and my 8lb laptop came home with me every night.  I left my job because I wanted freedom. Of all of my accomplishments as an entrepreneur, my most prized achievement is gaining true freedom. Certainly I still work. But now I work lakeside, on my patio, and from my home office. And the best part is I control my calendar. My calendar doesn’t control me.

What is freedom to you? What choices might you make today to get you closer to your freedom?

A year from now you may wish you’d started today.

–Karen Lamb

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Myra Golden is an author, trainer and keynote speaker who has been helping companies for over twenty years to improve the customer experience through her customer service training workshops. Myra has a master’s degree in human relations and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, helping her to understand the challenges of developing the best customer experience as it relates to the psychology of the employees. Myra has helped Verizon Business, McDonald’s, Coca-Cola, Michelin Tires, Frito-Lay, Vera Bradley and many others improve the customer experience through her training. She was named one of the Top 10 Customer Service Bloggers by Huffington Post and she is the co-author of Beyond WOW!

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