“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
On this day of celebration take a few moments to honor what it truly means to be free. There was a cost to the freedoms we now enjoy and with that freedom comes a certain responsibility. To truly be free means you honor and respect what you have. You take responsibility for your words and actions. When you are free you allow others their freedom as well. Freedom does not give you the right to judge or have power over others because even if you disagree, they have the right to freely express who they are.
We are fortunate here in the States. There are other places in the world where tyranny reigns, women are not equal and people are not allowed to have their own religious beliefs. There are places where people do not have freedom of speech, the right to vote and in some cases they are not even allowed their free-will.
Cherish your freedom and take a few moments in gratitude for the freedoms you have. Look inside and see what freedom means to you. Let our freedoms include love and tolerance of others. Take a moment to give thanks to those who fought (and are still fighting) for our freedoms. Take a moment to give thanks and honor those who paid the ultimate price with their lives.
Yes we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Let us think about how fortunate we really are to have those rights. Then of course….get the party started! How will you celebrate your freedom today?~Shine Your Light Debbie
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