Today is the day we celebrate American Independence (and the final approval of the wording of the Declaration of Independence). ⠀⠀

I have always loved celebrating the 4th of July. Until age 7, I lived in a town that was known for its 4th of July Parade. My dad served in the Navy and we were a family thankful for the meaning of the red, white and blue.⠀⠀

I married a patriotic man, whose patriotism takes him further than a parade, hot dogs and fireworks. He takes the wording of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution to heart. ⠀⠀

The Declaration of Independence begins with what I think is one of the greatest sentences ever written …⠀⠀⠀

“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.”⠀⠀⠀

All men are created equal⠀ Life⠀ Liberty⠀ The pursuit of happiness⠀⠀It seem’s here in American’s we are still working on each of these “unalienable” rights. We are still working to overcome various kinds of racial, gender, and economic injustices. It seems we are still trying to decide when life begins. There still seems to be great tension between personal liberties and order. Most certainly … happiness has become something we feel entitled to … instead of something we are to pursue. ⠀⠀

The thing is … America is a country that has never wavered on freedom of speech. Maybe we should use that right with an intention to communicate with humble dialogue … instead of overpowering, prideful commands. Just thinking. ⠀⠀

Change starts with me …. … so I shall ponder … #SunriseSandi#SandiPonders#Independence

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