“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
– William Faulkner
Happy 4th of July! What a gift it is to be an American where we can celebrate not only the value of our independence but practice with self-determination the importance of our role as individuals in shaping our own identity and destiny through one’s choices, abilities, and efforts.
Freedom only works when I understand that it doesn’t just apply to me, but everyone has the same right to liberty and justice for all. When I look at it that way, I think, wow, that’s a lot of people trying to live in the same country free to express their thoughts and opinions the way they want. Freedom doesn’t say it’s my way or your way; it’s about our right to express ourselves in a way that requires us to find a way to disagree respectfully.
Reflection: What better way to practice freedom and respect for one another than to apply the golden rule? “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Matt. 7:12
Everything about spring represents new beginnings, new birth, new awakenings. It is the seasons of life that teach us how to grieve, begin anew, appreciate, and let go.
This spring is extra special. We are not only excited for warmer weather and spring flowers. We are excited to get back to living life again as we see the hope at the end of the pandemic tunnel. While we struggle to figure out what the new normal is. Nature reminds us that all new beginnings take time and patience before we can reap the rewards that the blossom of life has to offer us.
As I work on the stuff I am letting go of. I think I would like to find a plant to put in my garden and symbolically bury my past beneath the plant. Someday when I see it begin to bloom it will be a reminder of who I have become and all the new beginnings I’ve yet to experience in life.
Reflection: The spirit of God never ceases to amaze me, how it finds ways to work in my life. I am grateful for the openness to God’s spirit today that helps me to find ways to let go and begin anew.
Today is the 4th of July, but that’s simple the date on the calendar. What’s it all about?
It’s the day that the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states. Today we celebrate “Independence Day.”
I think to myself how blessed I am to be born an American. I am able to live and practice the gift of freedom that comes from above all, our Creator. With this gift comes a great responsibility. While I am as independent as each state is, what I choose to do, think, and say, affects the better good or bad of all. There is voice I hear inside when something doesn’t feel right, it says, “something’s happening here, and what it is ain’t exactly clear.” It’s the voice of warning that calls for each one of us to make a choice; will you simple do what you please or do what is right?
For in the end It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more then our personal desires.