Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Red, White, and Do by Christine DePetrillo

On this Fourth of July, let's remember the brave colonists who risked being hung for treason by standing up for what they believed in - freedom. Underdogs in every sense of the word, these folks saw something they didn't think was fair and instead of whining and complaining about the injustice of it all, they united and rose up against a powerful country in the name of liberty. It is because of their passion, their enthusiasm for their cause, their drive for independence that we have the United States of America today.

I like to think of America as a nation of doers. We do stuff here. We get things done. The political climate of the present day gets me down from time to time (more often lately), but I remain hopeful that we'll continue to be doers. We'll raise more doers. We'll move forward. We'll reach new levels of achievement. We'll protect those unalienable rights Thomas Jefferson outlined in the Declaration of Independence - life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Because if we're not happy, what's the point?

The colonists were not happy and they did something about it. Something globe changing. Life altering. Being happy is top concern. Happiness brings so many rewards and seeking it should be our main objective.


If you're not happy right now, take this Fourth of July to free yourself. Define what would make you happy. Plan steps to capture that happiness.

Then go out there and... DO.

Enjoy your Independence Day!



Angela Adams said...

"On this Fourth of July, let's remember the brave colonists who risked being hung for treason by standing up for what they believed in - freedom." You are so right, Christine. Not only today, but everyday, we should give these brave men -- and women -- a standing ovation. Thank you for the post!

Angela Adams said...

P.S. On a non-July 4th related issue, your book cover for "Secured" is really cool-lookin'!

Leah St. James said...

Fantastic message, Chris. You're so right.

Christine DePetrillo said...

Thanks, Angela. I love my cover artist, Dar Albert, of Wicked Smart Designs. She always knows exactly what I'm looking for.

Leah, there were so many directions this post could have taken. I decided to go with the positive one that will hopefully motivate people to rise above the nonsense. Happy 4th!

Jannine Gallant said...

Happy 4th! I'm at the boat ramp...on Lake Tahoe...on the 4th of July. Let's just say my day will be...insane. Have a great holiday, everyone!

Brenda Whiteside said...

Great advice...free yourself and do what makes you happy!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

My grandfather, eight generations removed, was a personal guard for George Washington and fought in the war. He came from Germany as in indentured servant and when Johann Nicholas Seilhamer, signed his allegiance to England upon landing here, he signed his name as Nicholas Salehiemer. His wife, Christina Anna Seilhamer, signed her name as Anna Salehiemer. I like to think it was their small way of thumbing their noses at the monarchy rule. Great post.

Rolynn Anderson said...

Hey, like Vonnie's family, we must continue the anti-assimilation fight. We are a salad bowl as a country, with people of many flavors/cultures, not an over-cooked stew, when the carrots are undistinguished (purposefully) from the turnips. My family came here as crofters...poor people who could not find jobs in Norway. Most of our families have tales of struggle and discrimination. This July 4th, we celebrate a constitution that welcomes differences and risk-taking (more fervently than ever!).

Andrea Downing said...

Great Message, Christine--especially sitting here in the Melting Pot of the world, NYC. thanks!

Diane Burton said...

Great post, Chris. I'm happy to be a part of this fabulous country, where our ancestor came for a better life for them and their children. I'm glad you kept your post positive. While it's depressing to read or listen to the news, our country has overcome many tribulations. We are a nation of fighters--for justice, liberty, and fairness.