Our Own Independence
Yesterday, the big ole United States of America celebrated her 235th Independence Day with parades, cookouts, fireworks and an over-abundance of red, white, and blue. As I listened to our country’s history as they declared the end of British control over this new land, I started thinking about our own individual independence.
Like many of you, I’ve marked many freedoms over the years. Some of these are a natural part of becoming an adult, such as independence from our parents. Maybe you’ve celebrated freedom from student loans or a car payment or some other debt. Perhaps there has been emancipation from an unhealthy relationship.
As I look inward during this Summer of Me, I’m noticing other areas in which I’d like to proclaim my independence, like my weakness for unhealthy snacking or my inclination to passively watch too much television (it’s okay for me if I’m on my bike!). I want to declare freedom from all of those little time-wasters that add up to not having enough hours in the day to spend time on the things that matter to me. And I’d also very much like to herald the end of holding onto some unproductive feelings that are dragging me down.
What about you? Can you think of areas in your life where you need to declare independence? Maybe we won’t get to celebrate with fireworks but we can certainly celebrate with a proclamation comment!