Most people in the United States celebrate the 4th of July, but do you know exactly why the holiday is so important to our country? Do you know why/what you are celebrating? Each year during the celebration of the 4th of July, I take a few minutes to actually READ the Declaration of Independence. I read it not only to educate myself, but to inspire myself as well. I won’t recite the entire document; however, I would like to take an excerpt to share….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 love this section of the document because it reminds me that it is my God-given right to be happy. That no one is ‘better’ than me, that I have the same opportunities as any one else. It is my birthright.
The Declaration of Independence speaks of how Great Britain was ‘abusing’ the United States and how citizens of the U.S. had grown tired of the abuse. Ask yourself a few simple, yet profound questions about ‘self toleration’. I think you just might find that you are allowing and maybe even enabling more people to abuse you than you would like to acknowledge. The questions are:
1. What am I tolerating?
2. What is frustrating me?
3. Where am I being ordinary?
4. Where am I suffering?
5. Where am I blindly following a routine?
6. What am I avoiding?
7. Where am I stalled, stuck, or stopped?
When I asked myself these questions, I found that my family, my so-called friends, my employer, my landlord, and even the media were all bossing me around. Know what else I realized? I WANTED MY INDEPENDENCE!!!!!! Not only did I want it, I RE-CLAIMED it!!! With each day that passes, I take back more and more control of my life. I am now self-employed, I own my home, I minimize my interactions with family and friends. And I have no time for media-hype. These are just a few steps I have taken on my road to Independence. I find myself singing….follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road, follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow brick road. These well marked golden bricks will take you closer to your true self and in finding your true self, you will find your independence.
Happy Independence Day,