Happy July 4th ! … Independence Day for those who are celebrating. Today is all about the BBQ, friends, family, fireworks, and a little patriotism. It’s about getting mosquito bites while you sip your wine cooler on that blanket or lawn chair at the park, waiting for the night’s festivities. It’s all about the live orchestra, the BIG, BOOMING sounds of some classical concertos and the crescendo of fireworks lighting up the night sky in bursts of blooming color.
But there’s more. Every year I think about the 4th. I reflect on change, because that’s what we are celebrating, isn’t it? Think way back to 1776. A few revolutionaries were hanging out in the pub. They had some ale and cider and a few guffaws. Then they got to talking. And they didn’t like what they saw in the world around them. So a few complaints about their respective communities and the world as a whole led them to the conclusion that maybe they were the only ones who cared enough to DO something about the issues. They were angry, and they kept on meeting in that room in the pub, trying to figure out how to fix the problems of their world.
Guess what folks? There are still a lot of revolutionaries out there! Just browse the world wide web and you’ll find blog after blog after tweet by irate peeps looking to vent their anger. But there’s the catch. Just because someone pens it, vlogs it, tweets it or plasters it on their hybrid vehicle, they aren’t doing anything about their issues. Those pub master statesman DID something incredible that changed the world. Or at least America. These great men stopped bellyaching and created a plan. They formed a joint vision on about how the problems of the “new world” should be handled. They even decided that every human on the planet should have rights and be treated in certain ways. These revolutionaries decided to change the world, and that night they set fire to the old and embarked on a new and incredible journey.
First, they talked to people – a lot of people, I mean everyone. Then these men got together and wrote about it. They gave speeches and sent proclamations around far and wide, so everyone could hear and add their own opinions, favorable or not. Then they begin to enact their ideas of change. The went the government route, the legal route, and the letter writing course. They waited for responses, and when told that this is simply “the way it is”, they acted. They wanted to do what’s right.
OK, so they made a few enemies. But they were done talking shop, it was time to act. Finally, after way too many acts and letters – they drew a line in the sand with a little thing we call The Declaration of Independence. They decided men and women should be treated equally and with care. They believed that every human deserved to pursue happiness in any way they saw fit. People should be able to live, travel, and do whatever they choose as long as they aren’t a threat to society as a whole. Today, we are celebrating the signing of this incredible document.
Keep in mind that those who wrote this declaration, were not presidents, or anything that they would later become; they were men with jobs, families, a local pub, and a belief that what they were doing the right thing. They believed that they were helping all individuals and that could change the world.
So today, think about your world. Stop complaining and commiserating about your situation. Get a tall, cool draft and reflect on how YOU can make a change. What in your corner of the world needs changing, upgrading, revamping? Do it, and now. You and I, we have the power to change the world a little piece at a time. Start with yourself, and then extend your circle. As Katy Perry said:
“You just gotta ignite, the light, and let it shine Just own the night like the Fourth of July
‘Cause baby you’re a firework Come on, show ’em what you’re worth…”
Stay motivated and caffeinated!😉☕