Two Hundred and Forty years ago, fifty-six men from thirteen colonies, put their livelihood and potentially their lives at risk, to sign a document which was named The Declaration of Independence. Eight of these individuals were foreign-born versus being born in America. These folks ranged from lawyers to planters, merchants and shippers (www.constitutionfacts.com). In other words, there was diversity among the group of signers.
As I was doing my little bit of research, I pulled up the Declaration of Independence on my computer and was struck by the following words:
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…”.
What powerful words that were written over two centuries ago! This diverse group of men laid out these words so eloquently.
I have been struggling with the strife I see in the world today. I struggle with having to make choices on who best can lead our country when the truth is, no one feels like the right candidate to me. I hate the name-calling and bickering of politics. I hate the way our country has become so divided. I hate watching people who I know to be kind, just, and heart-centered human beings, become mean, judgmental, and angry when confronted with others who may have different beliefs.
In the United States, we have a constitutional document that states very clearly, we are born with the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It sounds so simple doesn’t it?
This Independence Day, I am going to start it out a bit differently than other years. I am going to start it out with a meditation and prayer for all of us (in all countries around the globe), to be living out our lives with freedom and happiness.
I also want to take this opportunity to share an event that I will be at on July 16th. I am honored to have been asked to have a book signing for my newly published book at the Eagle’s Healing Nest (310 US Hwy 71N, Sauk Centre, MN 56378).
This is a great honor because the Eagle’s Healing Nest is a place for America’s Veteran sons and daughters to find respite and healing after serving our country, allowing all of us to maintain the freedom that was declared back in 1772. My book is about life after the death of a child, but as many of my reviewers have said, it is so much more and the stories and messages I share in my book are applicable to many who have lost a loved one. My book is meant to be a book of healing for those who mourn, and what better place to have a book signing than at a place called “The Eagle’s Healing Nest”?
The Eagle’s Healing Nest was born from a mother who wanted to make sure her child returning from war had his right to live with freedom and happiness. Her vision has now created an incredible non-profit organization that serves many of our country’s children.
If you live in Minnesota, please consider joining me there on Saturday, July 16th. The AVTT Traveling Vietnam Wall will be on the grounds from July 14 – 17, 2016.
I will be donating 25% of the net proceeds from book sales on July 16th, to the Eagle’s Healing Nest, so please stop by, purchase a book, check out the Vietnam Memorial Wall, and help a wonderful organization all at the same time!
Happy Independence Day to all! May your days be filled with happiness and the freedom to be all you can be!