Personal Independence Day

“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.”

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/document/

July 4th is the day Americans celebrate the declaration of independence from tyranny and reaffirm the vision of freedom and pursuit of happiness.  It is a time to pause and reflect on the amazing achievements of the United States because of these values and principles as well as the consequences of when they have not been honored.

This can also be a personal independence day, a time to reflect on what values and principles you hold and the consequences of them in your life.  It is a time to ask what things in your life you may want freedom from so that you may have freedom to pursue other courses.

What responsibilities are you willing to take to pursue greater levels of your own life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  What thoughts, feelings, or attitudes do you allow to oppress you?  What relationships (with people, organizations, things, etc) exercise tyranny over you?  What would be the consequences of making changes, even in small ways?  What would you be free to do, feel, consider?  How would you be free to change?   Searching for answers to questions such as these is part of what prompted us to take on this year of Mindful Living and Conscious Consuming.

It is fun to imagine the possibilities.  It takes courage to act.  It is encouraging to know that we are in the good company of many around the world who imagine and act!

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  1. Lex
    Lex says:

    I think that this is a good time to reflect on what independence and freedom mean. Take time to imagine what a free life means for ourselves. How do our choices contribute to creating that and in what ways are we tying ourselves down I find that this also comes down to how we apply our energy. This is one of the reasons that Bill and Susan’s project is so interesting. Its difficult to run the experiments needed to understand this.

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