The American Dream Of Life
While sipping our Starbucks this morning, visiting with co-workers about how much fun we had over the Fourth of July weekend, I doubt any of us mentioned our second president John Adams. In July 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail, "I believe that (July 2nd) will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival ... It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more." But it was July 4, 1776 that the Continental Congress signed and passed the Declaration of Independence, and that is why we celebrate our Freedom on the Fourth of July.
Every day here in Southwest Florida and in fact, everywhere in America is a gift! We have the Freedom to speak our minds without fear, to love and marry who we choose, to pray and worship as we believe, to publicly disagree or protest, vote for our leadership and not be judged by the color of our skin, our accent or country of origin.
Freedom allows each of us to pursue our American Dream of life, liberty and happiness. Whether your dream is home ownership, becoming president of the United States, inventing a cure for a disease, or simply providing a better life for your children and grandchildren, we have the freedom to accomplish it.
Now that the barbecues and fireworks are over and we return to our electronic lives, let's remind ourselves to respect Freedom, acknowledge the founding fathers who put their hearts and minds to create the Declaration of Independence, and those who gave their lives to preserve it for generations to come.
Written By: Kathy Zorn