Thoughts on the Fourth of July

When our country was founded, the goal was to form “a more perfect union.” I have always admired those lofty words and the sentiment behind it—the desire for self-governance and freedom from oppression. But that’s not a static idea, something that happens and can continue in perpetuity; it takes work and caring for each other—our immediate communities and those who seek to make their homes here, no matter the reason. This Fourth of July, I’m thinking of ways that I can give back to my community and my country. There are many. While today is a day to celebrate, I am also taking today to remember that this country became great because of the sacrifices made by those who put a higher ideal ahead of their own personal wishes. 

To quote Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Let’s be that group now. 

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