04 Jul America, the un(GREAT)ful?
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It’s the 4th of July. Here in America, it’s a day to celebrate. That means, the smell of hot dogs burns from every backyard grill, the coolers are packed with ice keeping our potato salad cool, and the sound of beer cans “tssssstttt” are synonymous with every laugh or joke that is told between friends.
While I won’t get in to the heavier topic of what is a healthy celebration and what is just another reason to party and indulge ourselves, I do want to propose the topic of what is real freedom?
As I look outside the gym window today in my apartment complex in downtown Miami, I see two beer pong tables set up, games in action, a hot dog eating content featured on ESPN in one of the treadmill TVs, and others walking the streets with open beverages, eager to watch the fireworks planned by the city this evening.
Is this what how we really celebrate freedom?
Is this how we really celebrate freedom?
I am not a political warrior, by any means, so I’ll keep it light here. As a reminder, there are hundreds of other counties that would give up a lot, and actually try, for some of the freedoms we have as citizens of the United States. As an example of how desirous our country is to live in, remember:
- In the land of Trump vs., how many Mexican immigrants are denied access to crossing the border every day, or even hour?
- How many Green Card applications are denied by Immigration for those applying, with credible backgrounds?
- How many women in other parts of the world are envious of the abilities that we have as females in this country to dress, speak, work, and marry as we choose? *Not all, but some.
Are we, as Americans, taking this freedom for granted?
If we are celebrating on the 4th of July our independence, the day we were liberated, perhaps we need to take that liberation with a dash of responsibility as well. Our actions, as individuals, showcase our credibility of owning that freedom, and to live with pride and honor that we can CHOOSE empowered, healthy and purpose-driven actions FREELY, without order. WE, as a free country, have the ability to set and example—not a mockery— of what true freedom really stands for.
“So when I say ‘freedom,’ I mean be responsible. The more responsible you become, the more free you become; or, the more free you become, the more you take responsibility.” – Osho, Freedom
In Osho’s book on Freedom, he writes, “So when I say ‘freedom,’ I mean be responsible. The more responsible you become, the more free you become; or, the more free you become, the more you take responsibility.”
What responsibility are we taking, collectively, to live with purpose, passion, and making positive choices—for ourselves, and for our communities around us?
Part of the freedom, I believe, is to be grateful that we, as Americans:
- can speak openly as we wish, for truthful representation, and not lie.
- have plenty of access to foods, making healthful choices that provide us longevity and nourishment.
- can feel safe, under law and regulation, without external harm.
- have a passport that can offer the opportunity to experience more parts of the world than almost any other citizen of another country.
- have these truths, freedoms and privilege to be thankful for, for those that fought before us to create them, and keep them, that way, and to not take those freedoms for granted in our decisions and actions as individuals of a greater whole.
Today, I’m celebrating freedom by being grateful. How will you celebrate your independence, warrior?