Despite all of my hang-ups concerning this great country, America, I have to admit that there is much to be thankful for. We live in the land of the free, in the home of the brave, and in the land of opportunity. (Do not worry, I am done with clichés. For now.)
Our heritage is one to be proud of. Obviously, no Country is perfect, and let’s face it, the United States certainly fits that bill—but even so. We are not oppressed.
We have a history of citizens taking a stand for what they believe in, and consequently, making a difference. Americans that we can be very proud of were at the forefront of the Civil Rights movement, the Women’s Rights movement, and now, changes are coming concerning Immigration, and Homosexuality, because of Americans who are striving for a better way of life. Thanks to our great Forefather’s foresight, this is not merely a dream—it is a possibility. (What that change should be will be addressed at a later time.)
Be grateful for Democracy.
Be grateful to have a voice.
Be grateful for liberty.
“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.” – Thomas Jefferson, The Declaration of Independence
Be grateful that our soldiers have time and again, beat the odds, and won. Because of their sacrifices, we have freedom today. Thank you, brave men and women, for what you do! It is not in vain.
“Along those lines, we can be thankful that members of our military have succeeded in protecting us, because it means that we are still answering only to American laws, and therefore answering to no one but ourselves.” – True North (Online Newspaper)
Enjoy yourself this Fourth of July holiday, and stay safe!
Light up the sky—and remember why!
About Linds McDonald
There is not much to know about me, really, except that I am an aspiring writer. I am currently working on two projects. First, and foremost, I have been working away on my novel, currently titled “As Clay”. My great-grandparents came to America from Ireland in the 1900s, and my strong Irish heritage has always interested me. “As Clay” is a fantastical but Christian tale of Irish history, and I hope, the first in a trilogy. (Planned titles are: “As Clay”, “Burning”, and “Vessel”.)
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
2 Corinthians 4:7
But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
My less serious, but possibly more engrossing, project that I have been working on is, I am a little abashed to say, a fan fiction for Harry Potter. I know that it sounds completely juvenile, lol. But it is great fun, and a very productive learning experience. It’s titled “Still I Rise” and is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem of the same name.
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