What Does Freedom Mean To You?

Another Independence Day has come and gone. For most of us, it was a day of family unions and respite from the grindstone. We celebrated with our friends, ate some apple pie and grumbled about the rising temperatures. I wonder, how many of us reminded ourselves of the ramifications of freedom? Consider the sacrifices that were made in the pursuit of the liberty, that laid the foundation for our current society, the celebrations, the pomp and parade!

What does freedom mean to you

Here are a few thought provoking quotes on freedom from the most influential men in the history of our country.

Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation, and freedom in all just pursuits.

— Thomas Jefferson

The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.

— John F. Kennedy

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.

— Martin Luther King Jr.

The law will never make men free, it is men that have to make the law free.

— Henry David Thoreau

Freedom is not the right to do what we want, but what we ought.

— Abraham Lincoln

Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.

— John Quincy Adams

Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With freedom comes responsibility. For the person who is unwilling to grow up, the person who does not want to carry is own weight, this is a frightening prospect.

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Sure we have a glorious past of fighting for our freedom and defending our rights. Yet in all our daily actions, do we do what is right? You may say that you are but an individual, one lonely citizen in this wide open world. But it is the actions of people like you and me that have built this great country. I am curious to know, how do you exercise your right to liberty and pursuit of happiness? What does freedom mean to you?

  • Do you submit or surrender to circumstances? Or do you persevere in your dreams and your goals?
  • Do you cherish the ability to pursue an authentic life? Do your intentions and actions reflect your values, talents and passions?
  • Do you keep your mind, body and spirit healthy so that you can better enjoy this freedom?
  • Do you commit to a life long journey of learning and evolving as a human being?
  • Do you pay it forward and help others in need? Do you give your time, money and most of all your heart to easing the plight of others?
  • Do you pass the lessons you have learned on to your children? Do you challenge them to harness their imagination and change the world through their strengths?

How did you celebrate Independence Day? Do you live your life “as you ought“? How do you fulfill your end of the bargain?

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