burden(s) of freedom

Pearl Buck said that every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied. He was right. In the last 48 hours I have done some foolish things and as I reflect on them I cannot help but think that little bit of reflection would’ve gone a long way. However, Cicero also made a good point when he said that we shouldn’t dub every mistake a foolish one. They are after all the dues we pay for a full life (Sophia Loren). My latest mistakes are still too fresh, echoing uncomfortably in the pit of my stomach, but I hope that in time they will become the portals of discovery that James Joyce talked about. I find that when I make mistakes the burden of freedom is realer than ever:

Freedom is not worth having if it does not include the freedom to make mistakes.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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