Exit and Support Network

The Five Freedoms

TO SEE AND HEAR WHAT IS HERE,
INSTEAD OF WHAT SHOULD BE, WAS OR WILL BE,

TO SAY WHAT ONE FEELS AND THINKS,
INSTEAD OF WHAT ONE SHOULD,

TO FEEL WHAT ONE FEELS,
INSTEAD OF WHAT ONE OUGHT,

TO ASK FOR WHAT ONE WANTS,
INSTEAD OF ALWAYS WAITING FOR PERMISSION,

TO TAKE RISKS IN ONE'S OWN BEHALF,
INSTEAD OF CHOOSING TO BE ONLY "SECURE"
AND NOT ROCKING THE BOAT.

By Virginia Satir



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