When I was a little girl, we would recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the American flag every morning at the beginning of each school day. We learned to respect and honor our nation’s flag and our history. We also learned that there were periods of time in American history that were hurtful and harmful. We learned that we should remember the mistakes of the past and not carry them into the future. I learned to respect everyone, everyone, everyone, no matter who they are, where they come from, or the color of their skin.
But one thing I did not learn was to look at my own circumstances (although in retrospect, realizing that MY circumstances were not the same as others, some of whom had much more than I had and others had much less) and feel deprived. I believed that a little girl from a humble home in a small midwest farming community really could achieve whatever I set my mind to. And so I did.
On this celebration of America’s birthday, a celebration of gratitude for freedom and independence, I am reminded of all the blessings in my life, even through all of the difficult times I’ve walked through. Just like you. And you. And you. We all have walked painful journeys, but in the end, it is our choice to respond to those difficulties with either optimism and hope or be filled with a lifetime of anger, regret, and bitterness. I’ve watched people in my life who have made one or the other of those choices, and I’ve witnessed the results.
Today I choose optimism and hope. I choose to celebrate the freedoms that we still have in this country. A country that is not perfect, but one that has been the most generous to other countries in the history of mankind. I celebrate our country where we are still free to express our thoughts and opinions, to choose our careers, our place of residence, our place of worship, and our path to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” I choose to pray that God will protect all of us, and that we will continue to live in “the land of the free because of the brave.” Today, I celebrate America.
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