As Americans we all share our God given rights to Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. It is the basis of the US Constitution and these rights should not be infringed upon. Each one of us know that we can enjoy the freedom of knowing that those things we pursuit are attainable should we desire to reach for them.
With these things in mind I believe that it is important to point out that freedom does not come without a cost. There are certain obligations we must all meet and follow that allow these rights to shine for not only ourselves but for others.
We must all practice a mutual respect for one another despite our differences. We must practice not only personal responsibility, but mutual responsibility pertaining to those circles we live in on a daily basis. We must never forget the things we have and be grateful for this life we have been given and understand that even in the darkest of times there is always a light that shines through and with dedication and hard work our dreams are attainable.
Respect begins with understanding. We must all understand that despite the fact that we were all created equal, the matter of truth is that we are all indeed different from on another and these differences are the fruit of our great nation. Male or Female, the color of our skin, that native languages we speak, our level of intellect, and even our personal desires all play into who we all are. Communications and understanding amongst our differences are the true foundations to understanding and the ability to learn to embrace our differences and form the feeling of mutual respect.
Yes, we are all personally responsible for the decisions we make in life, the emotions that we feel and the actions we take. The act of control works only on ourselves and any attempt to try to control others simply does not work. One who takes control of his or her own life becomes influential in the hearts of others which can inspire positive change. Our judgement of one another can only be true judgement when it is based upon actions and not words. Even our children learn from the actions we take and not so much from the words we speak.
No matter where it is we are in life or where we believe we should be, it is important to stop and smell the roses. It is so easy to forget about all of the good things we have in life even when sometimes they seem so meager. The simple act of gratitude for living in a nation where opportunity and prosperity surround us can ground us to a feeling of well being.
No, freedom is not free and as we walk through life we may find many rules and regulations that may be placed in our way. It is these same rules and regulations that form the basis of what our majority deems important as a guideline to provide us all with the ability to find a mutual livability amongst our communities. There are certainly no freebies in life as everything comes at a cost.
As we walk through life it will always be Respect, Responsibility and Gratitude that will give our nation to thrive on basis in which this Great Nation was formed.