Posts Tagged ‘external security’

Enemies on the Other Side of the Wall

July 9, 2010

By definition, the craving for external security leads to a life lived in fear. After all, if you desperately want something, you will desperately fear losing it once you have it.

There is fear as long as you want to be secure—secure in your marriage, secure in your job, in your position, in your responsibility, secure in your ideas, your beliefs, secure in your relationship to the world or in your relationship to God. The moment the mind seeks security or gratification in any form, at any level, there is bound to be fear.
Jiddu Krishnamurti

Obsessed with holding on to what you have, you may not only fail to recognize life-enriching opportunities, you may view them as threats to what you are so fiercely protecting.

The walls that we build around ourselves both mentally and physically give us the dangerous false illusion that we are safe, but there’s no such thing as a (more…)

The Illusion of Security

August 28, 2008

work-from-home-womanLinda, a fellow freelance writer, told me at work one day that she was leaving the freelance life to take a full-time job. I asked why. She said she wanted more security and the benefits that a full-time job would provide. I politely pointed out that a full-time job actually offered less security because, through no fault of her own, she could find herself out of her “secure” new job very quickly with no other options to fall back on. A freelancer, on the other hand, has multiple clients so the loss of just one isn’t a big deal; you simply shift gears and keep on earning money. As for benefits, she could likely pay for her own out of the extra money she made as a freelancer and still come out ahead.

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