Freedom of Choice Inspires Me

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Inspirational Thoughts 12/2/2018

by Patricia Feager





"The more decisions that you are forced to make alone,

the more you are aware of your freedom to choose."

--- Thornton Wilder 


"We all know that something is eternal. And it ain’t houses and it ain’t names, and it ain’t earth, and it ain’t even the stars . . . everybody knows in their bones that something is eternal, and that something has to do with human beings. All the greatest people ever lived have been telling us that for five thousand years and yet you’d be surprised how people are always losing hold of it. There’s something way down deep that’s eternal about every human being.” 
Thornton Wilder, Our Town





In High School, my Senior Class put on Thornton Wilder's Play, "Our Town." I studied every single word beforehand. In one scene, George and his sister Rebecca were sitting by their window looking outside. To tell the truth, that's exactly what I was doing my entire last year in school. Looking out the windows! Wondering, what's next? I had dreams about joining the Peace Corp and traveling to some exotic place! JFK was my inspiration!!! I wanted to further my education! Get away, as far away from home as possible! Basically, my ultimate dream was to make my own choices and experience freedom! But first I had to graduate and get a job. 


The teachers in school, my parents, my husband, even my employer; had other plans. None of them led to my freedom of choice until I left home, my husband passed away, I enrolled in College and Universities spending 20 consecutive years going to school. It wasn't because I couldn't graduate; I was addicted and couldn't stop collecting diplomas. I was determined to be a Role Model to my children. Being employed didn't give me the freedom I thought I would have. Everyone seemed to be on their own island, following the Corporation's policies, procedures, compliance, and regulations. I could only take a vacations once a year, when it was approved by my Employer. The best part was when it ended.


I didn't really know what freedom of choice meant, until I became a self-employed Real Estate Agent and managed my own business. Building relationships over the years has afforded me to have the kind of life I always wanted. Subsequently, I take as many vacations as I can to all the places I want to go. For example, on the day I arrived in Italy, I stood behind the camera, taking this photo looking out my window in Tuscany. I thought a lot about that play, Our Town, and with the wind and the sun on my face, I just knew, Thornton Wilder was right, there's something way down deep that's eternal about every human being. For me, my inspiration comes from my thirst for knowledge and most importantly, freedom of making my own choices, while still running my business without being in a cubical having somebody else's permission. 




P.S. This is my entry in Carol Williams December Challenge 2018 - What Inspires You?

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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Great post, Patricia. We don't always appreciate how fortunate we are to live in America and have so many choices. ( By the way, is there a high school that doesn't put on "Our Town?" I directed it in my senior year.} My favorite quote about choice:

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” 
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Dec 02, 2018 05:24 AM #6
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

It is so easy to take our freedom and our opportunities for granted.

Have a most productive December.

Dec 02, 2018 05:28 AM #7
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Nina Hollander - It has been a long time since I went to a High School Play. The last one I saw was here in Flower Mound several years ago when they put on 12 Angry Men, which I could watch over and over again. 

Our Town was popular in our day, I wonder what they are putting on today? I hope it is something of value that they will never forget. 

Thank you for that lovely quote by Roy T Bennett. It is lovely! I haven't heard that one before. I greatly appreciate it. What a great title too!

Dec 02, 2018 05:34 AM #8
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Roy Kelley - What you say, is so true! We live in such a busy world. Time and freedom is often taken for granted. 

Thank you for your good wishes for December. I greatly appreciate it too!

Happy Sunday to you and Dolores. I hope you find something enjoyable to do today. 


Dec 02, 2018 05:36 AM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI what an absolutely gorgeous photo.... I see tranquility in that photo.... a true sense of calm.... 

I loved reading this truly have captured the meaning of "marching to your own drummer" and living with an onward and upward attitude... very special gal with all the qualities of a leader....

Dec 02, 2018 07:29 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, that shot is absolutely something out of a magazine, Patricia! You're such a gifted photographer and writer. You could very easily write a book and do your own photography too.

I love the sentiment as well and completely 'get' the freedom of choice ah-ha moment when you began this career. When I was working at the hospital, I was under someone else's command - doctors, administrators, etc. My only real choice was what part of the hospital I wanted to work! 

In real estate, our choices make such a difference, not only in our lives, but in others' lives as well. For me, it's equal parts freedom and some pretty major responsibility! I love what I do and couldn't ever imagine having someone else make my choices for me - ever again!

Dec 02, 2018 07:50 AM #11
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Patricia,  What a great blog and one that needs to be feature here in the rain.  Can I reblog it sometime?


Dec 02, 2018 08:24 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

The scene out the window is one I hope to see in person one day. Simply gorgeous. And I love this quote and your story. Very nicely done.  It obviously resonates with many of us. D 

Dec 02, 2018 09:54 AM #13
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

What a nice shot of a scene in Tuscany which we never tire off.  What a nice quote and well told story.  Wishing you a great week ahead.  A

Dec 02, 2018 10:08 AM #14
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI
Freedom of choice is definitely a blessing.  I love Nina's comment which included:

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” 
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

So, so true!

Dec 02, 2018 10:21 AM #15
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

Believe it or not Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI I've never heard of Our Town or if I did I totally forgot about it. I love all that you said and now I'm going to have to go find "Our Town". 

Dec 02, 2018 11:32 AM #16
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

That second quote by Thornton Wilder hits home.  A couple months ago, I was able to visit the home I grew up in.  It is an old Victorian house built in 1905.  The current owner is a gal, likely in her 60s, who is herself a poet.  She mentioned that she could feel the presence of those who had dwelled there before, even though she hadn't met us.

Dec 02, 2018 01:09 PM #17
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

ONGRATULATIONS Patricia, on having this blog FEATURED in the PHOTOS group!

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Dec 02, 2018 01:13 PM #18
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Patricia- - -another inspiring post with its unique roots from "Our Town". I read it twice and I will likely re-read it to truly let the message sink in much like Thornton Wilder's words. 

Dec 02, 2018 07:03 PM #19
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Ditto! I have been self employed in two industries for 44 years and counting. The choices I have been able to make does involve others but allows me to be pro-active.

Dec 03, 2018 10:15 AM #20
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Patricia, this is an inspiring post, your way with words really speaks to me. Freedom to make my own choices is something I value about being self-employed too. When I think back to the few years I was in corporate America it makes me cringe. That's a choice I'd never go back too, it just wasn't for me. Your picture is beautiful, it made me pretend I was there and looking out the window reflecting.

Dec 03, 2018 02:10 PM #21
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Patricia I am happy to you have made strides to achieving the freedom you hoped for as you looked out that window early in your life.  Freedom comes in many forms and I hope each of us finds it.

Dec 03, 2018 02:32 PM #22
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Home and Condo Specialists

This is lovely Patricia. Nice reading about your journey and how you were able to make your own choice. Inspiring!

Dec 04, 2018 05:35 AM #23
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Patricia, I love Italy and this photo makes me want to return. Thanks for such an inspirational post.

Dec 04, 2018 04:36 PM #24
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Oh Patricia,  too many times your posts leave me without words. I sound like a parrot or a broken record. You draw me in and leave me wanting more.  

Freedom to choose.  Yes! 

Dec 05, 2018 04:56 PM #25
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