Happy 4th of July, America!

July 4th, 2016 by Dr. Elaine in Blog Comments Off on Happy 4th of July, America!

 

 

IMG_0415What does Independence Day mean to you? Is it the time that you get to be with your family or friends? Do you lie outside under the golden rays of the sun, wishing for your best tan? Do you eat that hot dog you’ve been dreaming of, all juicy and delicious with relish, and mustard, or ketchup, or do you get your favorite burger, vegan or otherwise? Will you watch fireworks this evening or do the kids need to be in bed before the fireworks start?

There is so much to juggle when you are a parent. Whether on a holiday or otherwise, a healthy parent is always wanting what is best for his or her child, and doing whatever it takes to be the best parent every day.

When you stop and think about this wonderful country of ours, with our freedoms, and gifts that so many others around the world, may not be so blessed to experience, what does it mean to you to be an American?

Do you feel patriotism for our country? Do you see yourself as the ultimate role model for your child, and do you have opportunities to get a good education, work hard, and stay focused to reach your dreams and assist your children in reaching their dreams, too, being calm, inspired, and successful?

For me, the 4th of July is a time to give thanks, like Thanksgiving, because without our forefathers ( I know this name is a bit awkward now in society), and the Declaration of Independence, and our Constitution, and  placing the checks and balances in our government branches, we would not be the country we are today.

I think you don’t have to wait until the first of the year to sit down and consider some of the next steps you want to achieve for yourself, and your family. Make a list now, (today or tomorrow), and write down what you want to achieve, and put a date you would like the achievement to occur, use words like it has already occurred, and put yourself into action to reach your goals.  America is the country of my birth, and one I am proud to be part of, and grateful for waking up each day and seeing the sunrise, and watching the sunset each night, and feeling grateful that I am making a difference in the lives of so many.

I send out prayers, though, to all those who have suffered, who have lost loved ones, and who continue to suffer now because of the intolerances of others. I always thought that being in a family would let us learn about tolerance, and I wish someday that we will all see that this world is made up of one race, the human race, and one family, the family of man and woman.

Happy Birthday America!

 

 

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