The fireworks are over, the grills put away and most returned to work with fresh memories of a fun celebration. I think it’s immensely important to celebrate and show appreciation for the things we value and want to keep in our lives. Like our freedom.
I saw a sign in a dentist’s office years ago that said, “Ignore your teeth and they’ll go away”. A simple sign with profound truth that’s true of so many things. Ignore your spouse and they’ll go away. Ignore your customers and they’ll go away.
On a recent flight to California I sat next to a young man from Hungary who has lived in the U.S. for 3 years. One of the first things I asked him was, “What is one thing you’ve observed about American culture you can share with someone who’s always lived here?” He responded quickly with the comment, “Americans truly don’t understand how easy life is here. Every American should be required to do an exchange study in another country for one year. That would change your land.” He grew up under communism and was only allowed to learn English. (a driving goal), in 1979 when he was 18.
This week, as I sang the patriotic songs (with the inevitable tears in my eyes), my heart turned to the things I love about our country. And freedom is at the top of the list. I’m thankful for the freedom to worship, the freedom to create wealth and pursue dreams. The freedom to travel…the list is actually endless.
Certainly, there are those that argue that there’s so much wrong with our nation. No doubt, there is. But I must focus on what’s right with America. There are deep economic problems, but as an entrepreneur, I can make a difference by building a successful business. There may be deep political problems, but I’m free to make my voice heard.
By celebrating faith in God, I can overcome a spirit of fear.
By celebrating success, I can overcome a spirit of failure.
By celebrating entrepreneurship, I can overcome a spirit of entitlement.
By celebrating, I can be a flame of hope.
So what are you celebrating today?