Happy 4th of July, the United States’ Birthday of Freedom.
Freedom is what everything is all about. If you do not feel free then you are not free. We humans put ourselves in all of these boxes beginning with what sex you are. Then comes race, culture, status, beliefs, opinions, perspectives, and on and on. Why do we box ourselves in? Is it only fear and if so, what is the fear? All of this fighting and turmoil in the world is about someone being different than who we are. Why cannot we humans just accept that each of us is unique thus we ARE different and that uniqueness is beautiful and interesting? How bored would we be if we were all were the same? We would not be able to tell ourselves apart from anyone else. Just because you are different does not mean you are taking anything away from anyone else and yet, there is fear that the other person might take something away from us just by being different. Why do we all have to be the same to feel safe on this beautiful planet? There is safety in being unique. When we allow ourselves to be unique then we allow and accept that in others.
Let us honor ourselves and this free country we live in. Parents are willing to give up their children that they might have the freedom we Americans have. Why or why do we not value and appreciate it? So many people complain about our government, whether local or national. Even our own congress is so busy fighting against a perceived enemy in the opposite party that it is setting a standard of fear and judgment. Please take a moment to see and appreciate where you are now and the safety that this beautiful country provides. Let’s give our congress the perfect model of cooperation just by accepting ourselves and all others. After all, we are one species on one planet. If the powers to be cannot be an example to us then let us be an example to them.
The Chinese are not only the inventors of the fireworks they are still the masters. The Hunan Province town is where fireworks were invented and the show has never been equaled in the West. Relax and simply enjoy the creation of another human being regardless of where they live.
My stomach had so many butterflies in it the day of my next swimming lesson. I would be wearing my wetsuit and I was feeling so different from the others who did not need to wear extra gear to stay warm in the lap pool. (Talk about being unique, it takes courage to be unique and a lot of deep breaths) I even put on my wet suit and went in my lake to try it out. I was soooo surprised that I did not feel cold. The woman who does the weekly test to make sure the water is pure told me that it was 77 degrees so that means in the pool which is 80 degrees, I should not be cold. Yet I was still nervous to wear the wetsuit and get in the cooler pool. I finally came to terms with: if this did not keep me warm enough I just would leave the class and perhaps take private lessons in the warm pool although that would not be conquering my fear of being over my head in the water as the warm pool never goes over my head.
The teacher was late and I did not want to get in the pool with the other three students because I was not sure just how long I could stay warm and I wanted to save that time for learning. I finally jumped in the pool with the others and, SURPRISE, I was not cold. In fact, I did not get cold until the class was almost done. I did well as all my practicing the week before kicked in. We learned the dead man’s float and also a swimming stroke. There is only so much you can learn in 45 minutes; that is why the practice is so important.
We only have three more lessons and the teacher promised us we would be swimming in the deepest part before we end the classes. Sooooo, we still have to learn how to swim and take breaths, as for now, we are only taking a deep breath and exhaling bubbles from our nose while our faces are in the water and then we stop gliding, floating or swimming and come up for air. I practice in the warm pool right now so I don’t have to put on my wetsuit. My goal is to swim in the lake when the water is warm enough without a wetsuit, and without the swim cap and only ear plugs and goggles. I am so looking forward to my freedom.
Here is an astounding video and song on Surrender. Enjoy and let your spirits be lifted.
This is a story of Nigeria teens who invented something that all of us have but they have put it to good use. Would it not be wonderful to end the energy crisis and all the wars fought over them? There is such hope for the world after all.
Enjoy the fireworks whether you are there in person or watching on the TV. I hope you enjoyed the fireworks above (did you notice the symbol of love being shown many times?)
Love and Light