For the next few weeks, I am going to be writing about how to "live free" in different aspects of our lives and what that means when it's applied to our country, our homes, our careers and in spite of our current circumstances. This blog posts on the 4th of July, so naturally I wanted to start with our country.
During my 54 years on this earth, our country has seen a lot of changes, both good and bad. We have fought for civil rights causes, fought in wars and stood up for those things that bolster our freedoms or stood against those that threatened to take them away. We have agreed and disagreed with each other on what is right and what is wrong and we have felt unified when our country has been struck with tragedy whether during natural disasters or man-made ones. I do think, however, that we sometimes need a reminder about how to "live free" in the best ways we can, because it's not always a given in this life.
Respect - In a majority of this country, we take a lot of our freedoms for granted. Generally speaking we dress or speak as we want, we can go where we want, we can live where we want and we can live how we want. We can help mold our laws and our freedoms. People have lost their lives both literally and figuratively for us to live as free as possible. There are countries where people don't have what we have, and if we don't respect that we can fight for what we want and need, then we could someday lose those freedoms.
Use It, or Lose It - Which brings me to my second point and that is to use the freedoms you have with respect or you may lose some of them altogether. We have the power to vote, to protest, to start conversations about injustices and needs that we or others have. If we ignore those things around us and don't stand up for what is right (or wrong) then our ability to stand up at all may diminish or disappear.
Stand for Others - There are those who can't stand for themselves and need us to hold them up or stand in their place, memory or for their cause. We don't all live on an island in this country. We live in communities. Sometimes a tragedy will show us how really connected we all our, but, why wait for a tragedy for you to care about your fellow neighbors or community members? Let's respect our freedom in a way that shows others that we are free to help be there for them as well.
You Are Blessed - Bottom line is, we are a blessed nation. Nothing is perfect and we all need to work in one way or another to live our best life and to use our freedoms to the best of our ability. I know there are those that feel that their freedoms are limited. Find others in your community and help them with their freedoms and they will help you with yours. Reach out and share the things you are blessed with and I believe others, in turn, will bless you. We just need to open our eyes and our hearts to others and then we will surely live free in our nation now and in the future.
Happy Birthday, America! May we do our best to hold our freedoms high in respect and make you proud!
Until Next Time!
Jen Lush--Associate Broker and Mother of Managing Broker Photo Credit: Aaron Burden