- Politics and Social Issues
The Freedom We Take For Granted
I call them butterfly days. They are the days when I find myself thinking about the freedom we take for granted so easily. It's the morning when you wake up feeling happy inside: a day when you seem to just flutter around without a care in the world. They are the days when no matter how much is wrong in the world, you just feel good. These are days to appreciate what we have; days of gratitude.
I frequently catch myself thinking about how blessed I am and in those moments I realize that I have stopped worrying about the little minor challenges I face just being a human being. My family is healthy, we are safe, we love each other, and we aren't afraid to say it. I have a roof over my head, food in the pantry, a car to take me where I want to go, and it just feels good.
- Inspirational Quotes on Gratitude
I have collected inspirational quotes on gratitude for many years. But, as a human, I sometimes forget to practice being grateful. When I do, the universe comes to remind me. Share with me how the reminder came to me today.
- What Does Freedom Mean?
The 2012 general election is over and I cannot help but think about the freedom I have in this great country. What does freedom mean? This is my take on the freedom I am blessed to have.
On days like this I find myself thinking of those in other places who are worried about dying because of their faith or political affiliation. I think of the soldiers, the men and women who fight for the freedom I enjoy and I think of their families too. I think of the sacrifices they are making so that I can enjoy my butterfly days without worry. And then I think about the foreign lands where our men and women are serving. We forget sometimes how lucky we are to be Americans. Do people in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria or so many other countries where freedom is so elusive wake wondering if today is the day they will die at the hands of a terrorist? Are their children forced to stay inside for fear of death or abduction? Perhaps they don't have enough food or the luxuries of running water or electricity. Maybe they are persecuted for what they wear or for what they believe. They may be political prisoners or forced to live in poverty. Perhaps by sheer coincidence they live in areas so isolated from technology or progressive civilizations that they feel like aliens in a foreign land. I think of them often and count my blessings.
It is easy to forget how blessed we are; to lose sight of the gifts of good health, the love of family, and yes, even the job that doesn't always reward us for all that we give to it.
So today is a butterfly day. A day when I am acutely aware that I have the freedom to flit around, to feel the wind on my face and the sun on my skin. It is a day that has erased all guilt about not running the vacuum or cleaning the toilet. It is a day to just be, to be me, and to be grateful for the awareness that being me brings. Butterfly days are all too rare but when they show up, they feel good. Today I find myself wishing everyone in the world a butterfly day; a day to dream and a day to appreciate the freedom we sometimes take or granted!
© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.
My Freedom Wasn't Free, Someone Paid The Price
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- Captain Alan R. Trent - POW, MIA, or KIA?
Captain Alan R. Trent was a young pilot in the Air Force, flying combat missions in Vietnam in 1970. He was shot down inside Cambodia and his family still waits for answers. Was he killed on impact? Was he captured? Is he a POW, MIA, or KIA?
- An Appreciation of Freedom
Can one truly appreciate freedom if they have always had it? That is the question discussed in this article that takes a look at freedom, and the price that must be paid to have it.