Growing up, there was always someone in the family who made sure that while we were away on vacation, we would find a local church (because there was no excuse to miss) and we would educate ourselves on the areas we visited.  During my recent trip to Austin, Texas, my son took me to our first stop, the state capitol.  Breathtaking.  And, the peaceful park outside where you have a chance to sit and think about what a great country we live in.

As we approach the 4th of July holiday, it reminds me of that day sitting there in that park.

Take a moment to digest the meaning of the word FREEDOM.  Reflect upon the very word and the importance it is to you in your life.  Freedom means many things to different people.  I think one of the most important things it means is that we have a choice.  We have a say and we have the ability to make a difference.  

The things we do; the opinions we voice, so many take for granted on any given day.  We cannot minimize the rights we have been rewarded.  Regardless of your economic status or the state you reside, you have been given opportunity and the right to be who you want to be.  You have been given the right to express yourself in all aspects of life.  You are able to make choices and you are able to be heard. 

Lives were sacrificed so that we can have our freedom.  Let’s remind ourselves just how precious those unselfish acts were and because of the bravery our Americans had in them to fight for our rights. We live in a country that anything is possible.  What a privilege. What a blessing!

As you celebrate Independence Day, truly embrace just what this day means to you and as you reflect upon just how lucky you are, don’t forget those who have fought to make this country great so we can live the way we do today.  Now, what are your plans for the holiday?  See, you have that as a choice.  HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY MY FELLOW AMERICANS!

Today, Erin Dodd reminds us to take a moment to digest the meaning of the word FREEDOM and to reflect upon the word and the what it means to you.