It's all about choice and action and changing perspectives. It’s amazing how our perspective can change once we are ready to see. It's about freedom from old ways of thinking and believing: just because you believe something doesn't make it true!
It's also about fireworks and sparklers and cherries and watermelon and homemade ice cream and picnics and barbeques and spending time with loved ones. When I was a child, July 4th in New York was usually crisp and cool early in the morning and I loved getting up early and playing with my cap guns and smelling the sulfur as they went off and smoked. And the little black pellets that turned into "snakes" and chased you when they were lit. Of course, best of all was someone would always have firecrackers going off all around. ¨*•.¸¸☆♒
Here's a video clip of Challenger, a free-flying American bald eagle ... our national bird http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOZF4vTAF2M&feature=channel
Here's a video clip of a flash mob in Cape Cod http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5lbNXNn3CI&feature=youtu
I get sappy when I hear Lee Greenwood sing "I'm Proud to be an American" or Kate Smith sing "God Bless America" or "America the Beautiful." I am proud to live here, problems and all. July 4th is also a time of remembering what freedom actually means to me. Here are some quotes I particularly liked:
Benjamin Franklin: Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Thomas Jefferson: Do you want to know who you are? Don't ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.
Albert Camus: Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.
Jeffrey Borenstein: Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond.
Life is a tabula rasa: a blank canvas where we can create anything we can envision by our flowing and ever-changing life force. How are you going to act to create your life ... starting now?