INDEPENDENCE DAY

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As we gather our fireworks, plan our boat trips and parades, cook out on the grill, and load up our coolers, it is important to remember the celebration! This is the date in 1776 when the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, was signed by congress making the United States its own country. It reads: “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.” I read and re-read this, and the most important words to me are "all men are created equal."  So while many if not all of us remember and celebrate those fighting for our country who risk their lives, spend entirely too much time away from their families, and sacrifice their own freedom on this day, let us also be mindful to treat each other with a beautiful appreciation and kindness that we are equal. Riches, status, fame, education, nationality, color, race, nor upbringing make any of us un-human! We are all people with the right to be respected, given a chance, loved, and cared for. We were all created in the same manner; we are all brothers and sisters connected in a beautiful way whether or not we want to see it! Embrace the connection, find peace and love in your heart for one another, and let us spread cheer, extend our gifts to those in need, and be selfless and nurturing all while enjoying this weekend. As we feel obligated during the Christmas holidays to invite someone over without nearby family or to take food to the hungry, let's be mindful to do that today and every day--it is optimistic to think that you could never be homeless, beat down, in need of food, or needy in any way, but there just may come a time that this is you. Ever watched the Soloist? It's a perfect depiction of where I am coming from. Remember, it's easy to be kind to kindness and fame, but it takes a very beautiful, strong mindful individual to be kind to the hateful and crude. Be that strong! It is those who are mindful of their actions, have intentions in their movements, and are selfless in their thoughts that are truly finding the self growth and fulfillment that life intended. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for those who strive to keep our country safe, independent, and well executed whether fighting in the field, in litigation, or in education. Thank you to the families who sacrifice the time with their loved ones, stand beside them as single-parents to help home and family while they're away, and those who have to go on living without because their loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice. Thank you to the veterans who have sacrificed the same and are left without limbs, mental stability, or enough money to live off of because our government has so wrongly forgotten about them. Thank you all! I have never and probably will never know the true sacrifice of war personally, I cannot speak to you through empathy as it has not impacted me so closely; all I can say is I appreciate you all, I am so thankful for the freedom I enjoy daily, and I love my country because I share it with awesome people like you all! God Bless America! Happy 4th of July! May we all remember that we were created and so shall treat each other equally! Namaste...