As Independence Day approaches most of us will be preparing for a day at the beach, family cookouts, and fireworks. Before we enjoy the holiday, lets take a moment to remember its importance. On July 4, 1776 the original thirteen colonies residing in present day United States, declared its independence from Great Britain. This event set the stage for the admittance of the 50 states that now make up our country. The Declaration of Independence is a piece of history that not only serves as a guide for the goals of our government, but also as a set of principles we can use to guide our lives.
In the opening paragraph it states the necessity for people to separate from situations that threaten their God given rights. The next begins with the line commonly remembered, “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.”
Although these words were written with political aspirations in mind they are applicable on a personal level. We are born with the right to live the way we choose to, and to acquire the tools needed to establish our goals. So if that is true, why is it so challenging to live out our dreams? For some various obligations, societal views, and fear are contributors. All three may feel like they are out of our control, but each of us have the strength to declare our independence from the limitations caused by different forces.
Taking a stand for your freedom involves,
i) Clearly stating your goals, and the steps needed to achieve them.
ii) Acknowledging restrictive factors and detailing how they are holding you back.
iii) Developing alternatives for circumstances that cannot be eliminated, and determining steps you will take to get rid of those that you can.
iv) Deciding on a time frame for each goal.
v) Claiming your independence!
Enjoy the fireworks, and work up the nerve to create some fireworks of your own!