As I was enjoying my breakfast this morning, I had the Soundscapes cable channel on in the background. Sipping my coffee, I glanced up on the screen to see what song was playing and a beautiful quote caught the attention.
I looked the quote up online and it turned out to be a modified version of some very famous words once stated by Benjamin Franklin.
The original quote read: Those who give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety
The quote on the TV screen read something like: He who gives up his freedom for safety deserves neither
I love this so much! If you were raised in the United States, you probably read this quote over and over in school. As I grew up in Sweden, the focus in history class was needless to say centered on Swedish kings and Vikings! I then spent many years moving around the world, and didn’t get to the States until I was in my late 20s – therefore American history is not something that is fully ingrained in me. However, that is about to change! I now have a 10 year-old daughter in school, and I warmly embrace the opportunity I am given every day to learn some of the highlights with her!
I believe this quote speaks to all of us, and powerfully captures the innate struggles of the soul, no matter where we live, who we are, and what we do.
For most of us, luckily, freedom is a state of mind.
Love & Gratitude,
Anna-Karin Bjorklund is a writer and dream expert based in Newport Beach, California. An intrepid world traveler, she has lived in five countries and loves exploring different cultures and connecting with people. Her latest book, The Dream Alchemist: A woman’s search for love, bliss and freedom across India, time and dreams, is a memoir based on a spiritual journey to India and the philosophical remnants of stepping into her power and finding the path of self-love. She is also the author of Dream Guidance: Interpret Your Dreams and Create the Life You Desire! Anna-Karin loves sharing her passion for dreams and personal growth with audiences near and far, and has made expert appearances on Fox & Friends, and the Steve Harvey TV Show on NBC, and been interviewed by Orange Coast Magazine, Women’s Running Magazine, Money Magazine, Daily Worth, Marie Claire UK and other media outlets.