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What do we celebrate on Independence Day?

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Preamble to the Declaration of Independence.

When we go out to celebrate summer fun on the Fourth of July, what are we celebrating? We have a few weeks to make this Independence Day meaningful.

We’ve gone through monumental challenges. Hundreds of thousands of people have bravely shown us the distance we are from these self-evident truths.

I understand these truths to be:

The Preamble alludes to other unalienable Rights. What do you consider these other rights to be? This is the time to make the change within ourselves so change can take place.

What rights are you willing to give others?

What rights do you feel you do not have when you step out the door?

Let’s just start there.

Happiness lives within us. Love lives within us. These truths are self-evident. Are they thriving? Or are they dormant? It is time to take individual check-ups.

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