Independently Speaking

Row of USA Flags 1aIt’s amazing how the older I get, the more I hear — I know, you thought it was the other way around :)  And perhaps you realized it, but I was just reminded on Thursday night, that although we celebrate our independence from England on July 4th, the document that actually created our independent state was signed on July 2nd, when the Continental Congress voted to approve the resolution of independence. And after that vote, they turned to write — or finish — the Declaration of Independence, which outlined the what and the why of the resolution.

That process, my friend, is very much like what each and every one of us must do to assert autonomy and independence in our own, individual lives. From birth, someone else has told us what we must do and who we must be, and what was good  and proper for us, and at some point we made an assessment and a decision, and broke away from the tyranny of what we perceived was holding us back — whether that tyranny was another person or situation, or whether that tyranny was our own self-limiting beliefs.

I do not take this day lightly, and I take nothing away from the founding fathers except this. The path to freedom — whether it’s personal or national — always consists of the same steps. Every great breakthrough is a break with old thoughts, old traditions, old patterns and habits, and old ways of thinking; because we cannot become who we are to become if we continue to be who we are.

Who are you today?  Who do you want to become? What are you today, what do you want to become? If you’re there… bless you, and congratulations. But, for those of us who are not where we want to be, we must do or become something or someone different in order to effect our independence. If we didn’t need to do or be something different, we would already be where we wanted to be; right?

And there is absolutely, positively NO better day to have this conversation, than on Independence Day — even when it’s on a MONDAY! The theme of the day is independence. You’re already celebrating, so just decide what your independence will be all about; determine what your WHY is,  and make it a dual-purpose party! Woot woot!

Be careful with those fireworks — and keep the meaning of “fired up” on the positive side.

Are you with me?

Now… CELEBRATE! Keep moving forward and have an AWESOME day.

Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Got married at 18, then again at... well, no need to go into all of that. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mind set, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.

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