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6 Ways to Celebrate Freedom This Year

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“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”

-President Abraham Lincoln

 

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What a poignant quote from honest Abe. I’ve had such a difficult time my whole life trying to understand why people choose to be stupid. If someone knows something is bad for them then why do they do it? Or if they know that something is going to benefit them, then why don’t they do it? But as I’ve grown older, I’ve come to realize that agency, or the freedom of choice, is essential. It’s not a nice commodity or suggestion, it’s something that is essential for our growth and learning in this mortal life.

And without being preachy, I’ve come to realize that living in a country where we have freedom, we have great responsibility. Whenever I look at the news and see college students going crazy and being violent, I can’t help shaking my head. When I hear the news reporters arguing and yelling at each other, or politicians backstabbing and lying about various things, it just makes me kind of sick. What a shame… Yes, we do have the freedom to say and do what we want, but what really is the best way to practice our freedom? I said this already, but the fourth of July is my second favorite holiday and it’s so similar to Christmas, my first favorite holiday.

What I mean is that all year round people might mock Christ or forget all about his existence, but when Christmas rolls around, people seem to change and there’s a certain excitement in the air that helps people to be kinder, more generous, and patient. And that is the spirit of Christ. Similarly, it seems that all year people complain and whine in the news or social media about how limited our freedoms are, and how awful this country is. But when Independence Day rolls around, people come together and celebrate the freedom our forefathers sacrificed for. As I thought about this, I decided to write an article on how we can celebrate our freedoms all year round, not just on this certain day. Besides, I believe our forefathers would’ve wanted it this way–we don’t just celebrate our independence on one day of the year. We can choose to celebrate it everyday through the way we live. So here are six ways to celebrate freedom…

 

Volunteer more

Whether it’s in the community, at church, or school, volunteering is one of the best ways to 1) educate yourself, 2) feel good inside, and 3) help others. I volunteered at a Crisis Line for about a year and half, and I just answered phone calls to people in crisis. It was hard, but I learned so much, and my capacity to be patient and have compassion increased impressively. Volunteering in schools and the community also builds your awareness of current events and how you can have a voice and influence for good. 

 

 

Practice patience

People are so impatient nowadays, whether it’s in driving, waiting in a line at the store, or talking to someone else. There needs to be a paradigm shift where people can see outside of themselves. With driving, they need to realize that it’s not worth it to put someone else’s life at risk for the sake of a few minutes or a few seconds (I can’t even say how many times I’ve almost been hit or been in an accident because someone couldn’t wait a few more seconds or minute). When talking to someone, give them the gift of your time. Nobody listens to other people anymore it seems like, because they’re too impatient to say what they want to say. Just listen. And be understanding. Every person is different and contributes to this world in a different way. In a nutshell, have the #alohaspirit folks.

 

 

Pray for this country and its leaders

They’re not perfect–we all know that. But pray for them to make the right decisions and pray for you to know what is the right thing to do. Prayer works.

 

 

Support and express appreciation for our servicemen and women

Coming from a military background and having two brothers on active duty, I take this job pretty seriously. Our servicemen and women need to know how much we love, appreciate, and support them. Write letters to the servicemen, pray for them, and even express appreciation to our veterans. I used to do adopt-a-soldier and I loved it. I was always so happy to write my adopted soldier and tell him how much we appreciated him. That’s just one way to show your support, but there are many other ways too! You can donate to Support Our Troops or buy products that donate to the troops or raise awareness, such as the following, for example: 

Extra Mile Gift Bag – 20 Meat Sticks in an Old Fashioned Iron-Branded Canvas Bag – A Unique Gift for Guys and the Best Gift Basket for Men – A Truly Awesome Value

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Novel Merk Support Our Troops Patriotic Military Car Magnets Set includes 4 Large Ribbons in Yellow Camouflage and American US Flag Designs

 

 

Make America kind again

President Trump’s slogan is to “make America great again,” but I think more importantly, we need to make America kind again. Hate is learned, but love and kindness are a part of our inherent being. Be that somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody. I saw a quote that said that “If you can be one thing, be kind,” and I believe that is the best advice I can give. Kindness is beautiful and it literally makes the world a better place. 

 

Raise the American flag

The symbol of our freedom and the sacrifices of many men and women, the American flag reminds us of who we are as a country. Ronald Reagan said this:

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.”

Raising the American flag somewhere in the home is a reminder of the freedoms that we have, and our right and responsibility to protect those freedoms. If you don’t already have a flag, get one here (these are large, and good quality flags): 

 American Flag: 100% Made in USA Certified by Grace Alley. 3×5 ft

American Flag: Premium US Flag 100% Made in USA. Embroidered Stars and Stripes. 3×5 ft – Display with Pride on July 4th

G128 – U.S. Nylon US Flag 4×6 Ft Embroidered Stars Sewn Stripes Brass Grommets 210D Quality Oxford Nylon (4X6 FT, US Flag)

 

So let this be the year you decided to celebrate our freedom not just on one day, but all year round. We are so blessed live in the land of the free, but it’s all because of those who were brave. Make this the year we were brave, and not just for ourselves and this country, but for the world and for future generations.

What are you going to do this year to celebrate freedom? Comment, like, and share below! 

 

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