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Freedom for Thought

“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.”

~ Thomas Jefferson, et al., United States Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

You guys, it’s the 4th of July… HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!! I truly hope you and your loved ones are having ALL the fun you can muster!

With that being said, I had some thoughts I wanted to share on this lovely American holiday. As some of you know, around New Year’s Eve, I try to pick one word or phrase that I want to focus on that seems to encompass the main area in which I want to grow for the year ahead. I have talked about some of my phrases in the past on this blog, but I didn’t share my word for this year yet. How could that possibly be relevant six months later? Well, my word for this year just so happens to be: Freedom.

In my own life, I chose this word because I wanted to grow in resting more in the freedom I have in Jesus to be truly myself, and focus less on the opinions of others. When approaching this day, however, I realized that there are SO many times when I neglect to acknowledge all of the freedoms I have in my country, as well.

If you’re anything like me, I find, it can be easy to get so comfortable in my own little bubble that I forget that even the simplest activities that I enjoy could be taken away in other circumstances. We may still have many areas that need improvement (what culture of human beings doesn’t?), but I never want to fail to be thankful for all of the wonderful things I am blessed to be able to partake in because I live in The United States of America.

These are freedoms that men and women fight to protect.

So, here are ten freedoms I don’t want to take for granted today (or any day):

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1. Freedom to laugh. Whether it be that internal sign of contentment, or a full on cry-fest, laughter is something I cannot imagine my life without.

2. Freedom to dance. Joy blissfully escaping into movement is one of the most beautiful displays! (Maybe even bust a move to the Hamilton soundtrack today like I did haha.)

3. Freedom to write. To be able to share our thoughts in a public outlet is truly something to rejoice.

4. Freedom to peacefully disagree. Wait, you mean we can have differing opinions about which ice cream flavor is best and still reside together in a loving manner?? Yes, we can. And, it’s a gift.

5. Freedom to love your neighbor. Being able to reach out to those around us and join in as a united community is something that inspires me regularly in this country.

6. Freedom to choose. We aren’t forced into a specific career, a marriage, or even what school we attend…we have what seems to be endless options! Instead of being entitled, let’s be thankful.

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7. Freedom to lose. The fact that I may fail at something the first time, and still have ample opportunities for success is something I don’t reflect on enough – we live in a nation of second chances.

8. Freedom to relax. Watch the fireflies, read a book, toast a marshmallow…whatever it is to allow you to unwind and enjoy the moment of simply being alive.

9. Freedom to worship. The fact that you may not believe the same way I do, but I can still speak freely… bask in that for a while today ❤

10. Freedom to celebrate freedom!

So, set off the fireworks, eat a hot dog, jump in a swimming pool, sing a patriotic song, or however you want to celebrate today. Why?

Because you’re free to do so. Enjoy that.

 

 

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