Subject: Make a Decision for Freedom
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Wednesday, July 4, 2001
Issue #59


1. Welcome Notes
2. Make a Decision for Freedom
4 Celebrating Out Loud!
5. Humor: The English Language
6. Resources: Lifetime CoachVille membership

1. Welcome Notes

I am delighted to be back with you, the loyal readers of
Celebrating the Journey. As many of you know, my father
died in April, and I have taken the last three months to
grieve his death and celebrate his life and to reevaluate
and clarify the vision for my own life.

I thank you for your patience and for the support of all
who wrote to express your condolences and to let me
know that you missed having CTJ show up in your
emailbox. I very much appreciate reading how CTJ
impacts your life. Keep those emails coming!

We’ve had an amazing number of new subscribers during
this time of hiatus. Ongoing thanks to you who have
continued to spread the word even while CTJ was resting.
We number almost 1500! A very warm welcome to those
of you who are reading CTJ for the first time.

2. Make a Decision for Freedom

Today is Independence Day in the United States. It is the
day the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776,
officially declaring our independence from Great Britain.
The Continental Congress who signed that document had
no idea that their words would become one of the most
significant instruments in the history of the world.

That declaration of independence was a political
statement which evolved from individuals who felt their
personal freedom was being limited by an outside source.
They took an internal stand against that outside source.
They chose to govern themselves, to make their own
decisions about how their lives would evolve.

We can make that same choice.

The world is clearly much more complex now than it was
in 1776, and perhaps a choice of the magnitude of that
made by the men of the Continental Congress seems
impossible. However, we can choose freedom for
ourselves, even at that kind of radical level. Each day.
Each minute.

In order to choose freedom, we must know what it means
and how we block ourselves from it. What does freedom
mean for you? What does it look like? How does it feel?
How is that freedom limited by your own fears, doubts,
addictions, self-criticism? By living your life based on
what other people think rather than on what you believe?
By listening to the shoulds in your head rather than the
dreams in your heart?

How would your life be different if you declared
independence from even one of those limitations?
Freedom begins in the simple act of making a decision. A
decision to meditate on a daily basis. A decision to be
aware of and change the pattern of negative self-talk. A
decision to change careers. A decision to eat healthier. A
decision to listen more closely to your heart’s desires.

Declare your own independence on this Independence
Day. Make a decision. Claim a freedom. Create a plan and
take the action to unbind your life from the limitations
of the past. Ultimately, freedom lies in the choices we
make and the attitude we bring to our lives. Choose


No man is free who is not master of himself… Is freedom
anything else than the power of living as we choose?

Freedom is an internal achievement rather than an
external adjustment.
Adam Clayton Powell

…everything can be taken from a man but one thing: The
last of the human freedoms-to choose one’s attitude in
any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
Victor Frankl

When the freedom they wished for most was freedom
from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free and was
never free again.
Edith Hamilton

Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide
how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.
Steven Covey

4. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

For those of you who are new to CTJ, this is the place
where we celebrate the journey of life with one another.
E-mail your birthday, anniversary, accomplishment, shift,
ah-ha or joyful moment to Let us know what
great stuff is happening in your life!

June 27: I celebrate a climb of 12,994 foot high Mt. Sopris.
It is a mountain that stands alone in the midst of the
Rocky Mountains of Colorado and has special meaning
for me. The first climb of the summer marks a right of
passage, even more special this year. I celebrated the life of
my dad on the summit of this special mountain. It was a
joyous day.

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion? Or a
small one? What better gift than to forward them a copy
of Celebrating the Journey with a celebratory wish in it.
Let’s spread the joy!

5. Humor: The English Language

This came to me from Dana Brown. Thanks Dana!

Reasons Why the English Language Is Hard to Learn

1. The bandage was wound around the wound.
2. The farm was used to produce produce.
3. The dump was so full that it had to refuse more refuse.
4. He could lead if he would get the lead out.
5. The soldier decided to desert his dessert in the desert.
6. Since there is no time like the present, he thought it
was time to present the present.
7. A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
8. When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
9. I did not object to the object.
10. The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
11. There was a row among the oarsmen about how to
12. They were too close to the door to close it.
13. The buck does funny things when the does are present.
14. A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
15. To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to
16. The wind was too strong to wind the sail.
17. After a number of injections my jaw got number.
18. Upon seeing the tear in the painting I shed a tear.
19. I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
20. How can I intimate this to my most intimate friend.

6. Resources: Lifetime CoachVille membership

Thomas Leonard is the founder of CoachU, an author, a
great personal coach, and a wellspring of creativity in
developing tools and programs to help us all live the lives
we really want. He has now started a powerful new
web-based program. While is
theoretically a site for coaches and coaches-in-training, it is
also a great resource for “civilians” like you who want to
have a set of tools for creating the best business and
personal life possible. My belief is that we are all coaches
as we journey through our lives. This program is just a
fabulous resource.

Incredibly, he has priced a LIFETIME membership at only
$79. Thomas is know for his generosity, and this is an
incredible opportunity to gain access to many years of his
cutting edge concepts in personal and business
development for a very small investment. I encourage
you to sign up ASAP because it truly is a terrific deal. Over
2,100 people have joined in the first 2 1/2 weeks. As a
subscriber to Celebrating the Journey, you have
demonstrated an interest in creating and celebrating a
great life. Thomas’ new program at can
help you on that journey.

To see what it’s about click on:

Margo has a few slots open for motivated clients who

want to create a successful life and have the time to enjoy
it. Every dedicated athlete has a coach. Why not
have a coach for the most important game of all: the
game of life. Visit our website at for additional resources
and tools. To schedule a consultation, send an email to

Give yourself the gift of freedom this week.

Namaste, Margo

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“At every moment of our life we have an
opportunity to choose joy.”
Henri J. M. Nouwen

Margo Chisholm
Coach, Speaker, Author, Therapist
Partnering you in having success,
freedom and joy in all areas of your life
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