Today is one of my favorite holidays here in the United States — a day we celebrate our independence. Rwanda and the Philippines also celebrate their independence today and a number of nations have similar holidays throughout July.

Although most people in the US will spend today at barbeques and possibly check out parades and fireworks, it’s a great time to take a look at your life and think about freedom. Do you appreciate the freedom that you do have? Do you lack some of the freedom you desire? In addition to tyrannical governments, there are other things out there that can eat away at our freedom. A bad employer or boss from hell can certainly make you feel like a prisoner. As can an unhealthy relationship whether it be a spouse, significant other or family member. Even certain friendships can rob you of freedom.

Of course the biggest culprit could be something internal. Being extremely overweight or having an addiction can certainly take a lot of your freedom away. A bad habit, poor attitude or negative outlook on life can also rob you of freedom. And of course, fear can rob you freedom and prevent you from being the person you want to be. So why not get a five month jump on your New Year’s resolution and use today to decide to deal with whatever is robbing you of freedom.

Now, for all my reader’s in the United States, I have two special videos I’d like to share. First, a great song that captures the things I love about America from Rodney Atkins:


Second, my favorite patriotic song performed by Lee Greenwood:


Enjoy and have a happy and safe July 4th.

Happy Independence Day
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One thought on “Happy Independence Day

  • July 5, 2009 at 7:28 am

    James, here our two great quotes from the late Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King,

    “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

    “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.”

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