Today in the US it’s the Fourth of July, the day we officially declared independence from Great Britain many years ago. On the blogs this week I talked about some different aspects of where we’re at with independence and the challenges that we’re working through currently. I don’t think that the founders believed that declaring independence would perfectly fix everything instantly, I think they knew that for as long as we were/are a nation there would be work to be done, challenges to face and our nation would develop as the people who call it home develop.
What declaring independence and moving to America in general was really about, was choosing to not just survive in life, but to be given, to create the possibility to thrive. It doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to make life work and to just get by in life. Yes, you have to do some work (basic income, home care, personal care, health care) and you have to come to some kind of peaceful agreement with the people you share the country with, but overall, it’s not super challenging to get everyone to a place where they’re surviving in life. And if the colonists had stayed in Great Britain (and everyone else who came over to the US over the years stayed where they were), they could have survived and been OK with life.
However, they desired something better for themselves and their descendants, and even other people around the world, so they chose the more challenging path and came to America. It wasn’t easy then and there are still lots of challenges to work through, but I think most people would agree that many have been given the opportunity to do more than just survive in this land we call home. So what does it mean to thrive? Yes, it means that you have to work a little harder and give life a little more effort. It also means we have to be proactive and more open about talking with each other and working with and supporting each other to get to the point of more people being able to thrive rather than just get by, something that we’ve been working especially hard on over the past few years and months.
Thriving shouldn’t be a mountain top experience, it should be a way of life, and it’s my hope that this Fourth of July we can all choose to be inspired by our founding fathers and consider how much better our nation could be if we did the work to thrive. What would thriving mean for your life and that of your family?