Today is the 4th of July. Independence Day. Our independence as a country from Great Britain. So we celebrate. We eat a lot, some people drink too much. In most parts of the U.S. we light fireworks (sorry DE, MA, NJ,RI, NY ). I am older now and I am thinking about “my freedom.” What does that mean to me? What am I free from? What am I free to do? Not to do?
I’m a big believer that you don’t get something for nothing. If it seems too good to be true than it’s a scam and run the other way. If it is any good than it always costs you something. Take the price you are willing to pay for your freedom. The price you are willing to pay for it can be a lot like bidding on Ebay. You go in wanting it for a set amount. You get attached to it. You wait for the “time left” to inch down minute by minute. Then you enter your maximum bid. Instantly, you are outbid. You bid higher. You are outbid. You bid higher because you have to win. You have to have it. And before you know it- you’ve spent more than you were planning. Without a thought you gambled it all away because you were “in it to win it”. You had to have it and were swept away, even committed, to doing whatever it took to get it.
What would life be like if we were all committed to making our little part of the world we live in the best we could? How much would you bid? How much would you sacrifice? How deep would you go? Would you get swept away because you had to have it and would give anything to get it? How much are you willing to pay for your freedom? What price did others before us pay for our opportunity to even consider this idea?
We need to treat our freedoms; our right to choose, to pray, to play, to work, to speak, to love, to even have an opinion, like something on EBay that we have to have.
In my opinion, we have a lot more freedom than we think we do. We just may not fully realize that we can’t have it for free.