Sometimes the concept of being independent can feel in direct conflict with the interdependent nature of love.
Choosing to love others can be scary and it requires giving up some of our emotional independence and security.
But love is by far the most powerful emotion. It drives us to action and it’s contagious.
The more you choose to love, the broader the group you are willing to love becomes. And you may find yourself willing to fight for them.
This week’s intention
When I think about the American story of independence, it is not a story of “going it alone”. And it is not a story of putting one’s own interest first.
It is a story of hope, trust, faith and teamwork. It is a story that has love’s voice all over it.
Often with historical figures, like the now infamous Alexander Hamilton, we forget that he was simply a human being. We forget that he had to conquer real fears to stand up for freedom. He, like many throughout history, chose to fight not just for himself. He fought for the many people around him and the generations that would come behind them.
My intention is to fight for the independence of others.
So when we celebrate independence here in the United States, we don’t celebrate a select few being free to prosper on their own terms. We celebrate being free to make the lives of others and the lives that come after us better. And there are many in this country and all around the world that still need our help in fighting.
I hope to keep them on my mind tomorrow as I celebrate independence. And I hope this holiday week will leave you refreshed with a renewed strength to serve.
Enjoy and see you next week!
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