One of the biggest summer holidays for US citizens is Independence Day. It commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, drafted by Thomas Jefferson to become the nation’s most cherished symbol of liberty — 240 years ago. (We are a young nation.)
Today, everyone joins in on the patriotic celebration with barbecues, baseball games, fireworks, parades and political speeches. (Do we even listen to them anymore?)
But, what does “Independence” mean to you?
- Is it that you live on your own, hold down a job, live a clutter-free life, or free from the controlling effects of other people or things?
- Is it an expression of happiness, loving what you have and having what you love?
- Is it freedom of financial worries or health issues?
- Maybe it is freedom from bad influences, unproductive habits, or downtrodden individuals?
Independence is defined as the ability to care for one’s self. In other words, independence is taking the time to weed the garden — some people and possessions bloom in our life and make us shine; others are stifling and stunt the growth. Choose wisely!
Having strong connections with family, friends and colleagues is important, yet it is good to feel confident doing things on your own. Independence is the ability to be self-sufficient and take control of your destiny.
- Accept yourself as you are and accept others as they are.
- Believe in yourself and seek your own level of happiness.
- Discover your own brand of motivation as you climb to success, however you define success.
- Be the best ‘you’ – your own personal uniqueness and stop worrying about other people’s judgment.
There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no one independence quite so important, as living within your means. ~ Calvin Coolidge
How are you planning on celebrating your independence this month?