America is another name for opportunity. Our whole history appears like a last effort of divine providence on behalf of the human race.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I’m so grateful that I am an American. I’m grateful to live in a country where I am free.
I can worship how I want to, I can wear what I want to, I can vote. I can speak my mind. I can read what I want to. I can write a blog. Sometimes I take these freedoms for granted. Often, it takes a newspaper article or a book about another culture to realize how different it is for us here, what a difference liberty makes.
In America, there is opportunity. There is possibility. Dreams come true. There are no limits. Hope is alive.
This weekend, we celebrate America. We celebrate our beginning and our history and our successes. We celebrate our strength and our compassion. We celebrate our inventiveness and our intelligence. We celebrate our growth and our tenacity.
Here’s something I know for sure…I would never want to live anywhere but America. I am proud and I am free and sometimes I’m brave. But when I hear those words sung at a baseball game, I’m all tears.
This weekend, when you hear those words, stand up, take your hat off, put your hand on your heart and listen. When the song is over, take a minute to thank God you are an American. We are blessed!
Let’s talk about that quote. Do you fear your light? Think about it.
Are you in a pattern of feeling small, powerless, invisible, afraid?
What would happen if you changed your mind?
What if you decided that you have POWER? What if you decided that you could change your circumstances by changing your mind?
Practice this prayer today:
Lord, thank you for my life. Thank you for my troubles, they make me stronger. Thank you for my triumphs, they bring me joy. Thank you for dreaming me up and creating me with all of my unique gifts and talents. Thank you for being patient with me. I’m ready now. I’m ready to let go of my limited beliefs and accept your divine plan for my life. I’m ready to PARTICIPATE in making my dreams come true. Thank you for another day. I will not waste it. I am ready.
How does that feel?
If you do not believe it, say it again. Say it out loud. How about saying it every day when you wake up?
Gratitude is the first step to knowing peace and joy. I love the quote by Helen Keller that says,
“So much has been given to me; I have no time to ponder over that which has been denied.”
Isn’t that amazing? If she was grateful with all of her challenges and she saw her life as full and abundant, what are we complaining about?
We have the power to change our minds. Start today.
Isn’t it cool you have someone you can thank and ask for help? Isn’t it great you are not alone? Isn’t it wonderful to be alive? Be ready. Your adventure awaits…
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond meaure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Awesome, huh? Possibly my favorite quote of all time. There’s nothing more I can add except to invite you to sit with that one. Take it line by line and let it seep into your pores. This is for everyone to really internalize – men, women, children. We all are meant to shine. Can you imagine how much brighter our world will be when we all give ourselves permission to shine? I can feel it already!