As we celebrate Independence Day in the United States, let us not forget our service men and women who allowed us to wake up in safety. Let us honor their sacrifice. The debt owed to them can never be paid back. It is a gift you and I possess.
The freedoms we take for granted today are just a spark in a dark room of world history. What we have today is not common and it will pass. The world will fall back into the tyranny and slavery of evil men, if history is to repeat itself. Only the sacrifice of those before us and those that continue to serve allow us to temporarily hold this gift. Let us not waste it.
(photo courtesy flickr by ElvertBarnes)
What is holding you back? Is there a communist regime with its foot on your neck as you lie face down in the mud? Are you in fear of being imprisoned and killed in a concentration camp? Are you pinned down by enemy fire or are you suffering from poverty, malnutrition and execution under Pol Pot’s reign of terror, which killed 21% of Cambodians in the 1970’s?
NO! In the United States of America we have freedom. So why lie face down in the mud and not get up? No one has their foot on your neck, get up! Live, breathe, laugh, enjoy, love, be grateful while you can, for this life will pass, you will be no more, and history will repeat itself just like human nature tends to repeat itself.
This moment you and I share is unique; we are the lucky ones. Do not pass it up. Honor the sacrifice of others by living this day, and your short life, to the fullest.
1.) Get Up! If you fall down, get up again. If you get knocked down, get up. If you fail, try again. Yes, maybe you will fail again. But maybe you will WIN! Try! Try! Try!
2.) Appreciate. Give gratitude to your God every morning for the opportunities you have, good or bad. Only the dead have no problems. Solve them if you can. Accept them if you can’t. Then move on.
3.) Dream. Where do you want to be in a month. How about a year? What do you want to do? What kind of person do you want to be. Have a vision and write it down. Keep it close to you.
4.) Dare. Dare to live boldly, take action and live your dreams. For the soldier fighting from a foxhole filled with water up to his shoulders in the middle of winter under enemy fire in Korea in the 1950’s, dare to honor his sacrifice.
5.) Context. Keep things in context. If your boss sucks, quit or make a plan to leave. If bill collectors are calling you, it is easy to hang up and save the number as, “Do not answer” (personal experience here). If you’re healthy, have some food for the day, have a warm and dry place to sleep, and no bullets are flying at you then you can make it through today.
We are at the halfway point of 2011. I am re-committing myself to end this year on a high note through daily action. What are you committed to?