I like the Fourth of July as a holiday a lot. It always reminds me that some were brave enough to sacrifice the relative comforts of home to embark on the adventure of a lifetime and in process change the potential of their lives.
They became Independent.
It was not without risk, expense, hope, fear, sorrow, loss and oh yes, joy. I never forget the joy part.
Whenever I see our flag, it is not generally the rah rah of National Pride I experience. But the expense, joy, privilege and hope that our Independence seeking forbearers forged. Yes, that is right. Independence is forged.
Here is a little videopieceĀ for a special project, about men and women who have been through the fire, and emerged.
A remarkable look at the Psychology of Patriotism.
My friend and colleague, Dr Ed Brenegar, sent me a note from the road today, enroute to his home after a sad visit to Gettysburg. Do yourself a favor. Listen to the Gettysburg Address today.
Cherish what you have. The fire is always there. Happy, blessed, 4th of July.