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Things to Remember on Our 232nd Birthday
By Stacy Mantle
Friday, July 04, 2008

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You gave your life to be the person you are. Was it worth it?

It's the Fourth of July - America's 232nd birthday as a cohesive unit. I know it's been a rough year for a lot of people worldwide, but I thought I would comment on a few things that we should do our best to remember...

Be Content:
If you’re breathing, you’re in temperatures that you can tolerate, and you’ve eaten in the last day, you’re already ahead of nearly two thirds of the world. Act like it. "The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly." (Richard Bach)

Be Engaged:
We all know the economy is a rough one (to say the least). Whining won’t change that, but action will. Take a step forward to help out a neighbor, a family member, an animal, the environment, or a complete stranger. We can’t move forward if we don’t push forward, so suck it up and enjoy what you’ve got. "Remember where you came from, where you're going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place." (Richard Bach)

Be Focused:
The recent food recalls, floods, hurricanes and fires have taken a toll on us. But, we need these events. Without fires, pine trees cannot sprout new trees. Without mass devastation from hurricanes and flooding, there would be no rebuiling. Without recalls, there would be no exploration or development on new products. For 232 years, our country has overcome adversity in nature, the economy and politics. We will continue to thrive, but we have to maintain the spirit our country was founded on and that spirit can only be found in diversity and teamwork. Focus on individuality, then bring it into the team. Talk to your neigbors, tell someone that you love them, help out a stranger, focus on the things you love. Events level themselves out over time. Change what you have the power to change and leave the rest alone. "Bad things are not the worst thing that can happen to us.NOTHING is the worst thing that can happen to us." (Richard Bach)

Be Flexible:
Corporations create structure, but they’re all on life support right now. Take this time to flex your entrepreneurial muscle. Read, write, start a business. This is a time for opportunity and the failures of big business sets the stage for small business. Go with the flow, be grateful for what you have, because chances are - it’s a hell of a lot more than people in other countries have. Try to do human things on a human scale for now. The loss of jobs may help people focus on how many we have outsourced to other countries and remove the focus from the "Great Wall of Mexico" - which will do nothing but create environmental issues and border conflicts. If you have to shift jobs, do it. It may work out better for you. Remember it will all come together in the end. "In order to live freely and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice." (Richard Bach)

Be Grateful:
We are one of the richest nations in the world. We have a wealth of native crops, active participation in our government, a great healthcare system and a population that is culturally diverse. It’s time to grow up and be grateful for these things. Yes, we have our share of problems, but we have a lot of things that other countries don’t have - freedom. If you took the day off to read a book or light fireworks or watch a movie, be grateful...most of the world will never experience that kind of freedom. "Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false messiah." (Richard Bach)

Most importantly, remember that you gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it? 





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Reviewed by Jill Carpenter 7/5/2008
I really like this, Stacy. You always put so much passion and energy in your writing. I agree that helping other people whenever possible, and appreciating the good things we have is very important. Flexing our "entrepreneurial muscle" is also a great idea, it can make us mighty!

I'm not so sure that we have a great health care system here. But I think it could be, with a little work. Hope you had a great 4th of July. JCC
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/5/2008
We are so fortunate to have these things you mentioned and must live according to these truths. Nothing is ever so bad as it seems, many people want more or just like to complain and put the blame on someone else. If we'd all pick up our trash and others do not throw it by the wayside, a cleaner world it would be and nicer to see too.
People make it what is is exept for weather conditions and what God wants us to go through we cannot change that. But changes can be made in our living, our sacrifices are to be many but necessary sometimes too.

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