Posted by: petsweekly | July 4, 2010

Happy 234th Birthday, America!

It’s the Fourth of July – America’s 234th birthday as a (mostly) cohesive unit. I know it’s been a rough year for a lot of our pack members (including our own), but I think it’s important to be grateful regardless of what’s going on in life.

So here’s a few thoughts I had while watching fireworks tonight.

Be Content:

If you’re breathing, you’re in temperatures that you can tolerate, and you’ve eaten in the last day, you’re already ahead of nearly two thirds of the world. Act like it.

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls the butterfly.” (Richard Bach)

Be Engaged:

We know the economy sucks (to say the least) – and we all had a part in creating this economy. Whining won’t change things, but action will. If you’re doing well, then take a step forward to help out a neighbor, a family member, an animal, the environment, a business or a complete stranger. If you’re not doing so great, ask for help and remember those who helped you when you’re back on your feet.

Support small businesses. Buy your books from that independently owned store on the corner. Buy your produce from the local farmers market. Buy your pet supplies through… well, our clients. Sure, you may pay a little more, but you’ll have a much better made product and you’ll decrease your risk for contamination. Most of all, in ten years, you’ll be thankful you supported these groups. We can’t move forward if we don’t push forward.

“Remember where you came from, where you’re going, and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place.” (Richard Bach)

Be Focused:

The recent oil spill, earthquakes, hurricanes and fires have all taken a toll on us emotionally, physically and mentally. But, we need these events.

Without the oil spill, we would remain blissfully ignorant of the damage we’re doing to the environment and there would be very little inspiration to explore and develop new, more efficient ways of doing things. Without fires, pine seeds cannot explode to create new trees. Without hurricanes and flooding, there would be no reason to construct stronger buildings.

Every problem has a gift for you in its hands. (Richard Bach)

Be Spirited:

For 234 years, our country has overcome adversity in nature, the economy, politics, war and ourselves. We will continue to thrive, but we have to maintain the spirit that our great country was founded on and that spirit can only be found in diversity and teamwork.

Focus on individuality, then bring it onto a team. Meet your neighbors. Tell someone how important they are to you. Help out a stranger. Do what you love.

All the other “stuff” will level itself out over time. Change what you have the power and ability to change within yourself, and leave the rest alone.

“Bad things are not the worst thing that can happen to us. NOTHING is the worst thing that can happen to us.” (Richard Bach)

Be Flexible:

Flex your entrepreneurial muscle.  Start a business. Write that great American novel. Paint that sunrise you saw this morning. Record an amazing song. Develop a new product that makes the world a better place.

This is a time for opportunity, a time to be grateful for what you do have even if you don’t have everything you want, because chances are – it’s a hell of a lot more than someone else has.

Try to do human things on a human scale, then remember you’re capable of miraculous things. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but it was built…

The lack of jobs should remind employers of how many positions they have outsourced to other countries.  The immigration issue should remind you all that illegal immigration started in 1492, not in 2010.

If you have some money in the bank (or under your bed), be grateful. If your living on quarters you find in the couch, try to hang in there. Remember it will all come together in the end.

“In order to live freely and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.” (Richard Bach)

Be Amazed:

We are one of the richest nations in the world even if it doesn’t feel like it. We have a vast wealth of native crops, active participation in our government (even if we don’t agree with it), a decent healthcare system, a culturally diverse population, freedom to worship however we want, and to whine when we don’t agree with something.

Sure – we have our share of problems, but we have a lot of things that other countries don’t have – the ability to change the things we don’t like.

So, if you took the day off to read a book or light fireworks or watch a movie, remember that most of the world will never experience that kind of freedom.

“Your only obligation in any lifetime is to be true to yourself. Being true to anyone else or anything else is not only impossible, but the mark of a false messiah.” (Richard Bach)

You gave your life to become the person you are right now. Was it worth it?


  1. Thanks for this!
    I must admit there are some parts I could argue, but then, that really is neither here nor there. What is important to me at least is what was focused on and written at the ending. There is nothing I have ever done in my own life and self growth and improvement than when on the evening I looked into the mirror, long (very long ) and hard, and realized how false I had been my entire life.
    Not necessarily within the center of my heart, (which on the outer shell , had grown hard, cold and empty ) where I had kept hidden, all the things I had so often been criticized or in some way, punished, for expressing and showing what was naturally there.
    And declared out loud, and to myself, From that point forward, no one or no thing would ever cause me to be anything less than TRUE to Myself, ever again in my lifetime.
    That was only a little over 2 years ago. During that time, I have lost a lot of people who I had known as “friends ” and sadly even “family “. It wasn’t as if I revealed any shocking, dark secrets to any of them. But, I no longer agreed to “fit in” or to feel secure in knowing they wouldn’t get upset with me and leave me all alone in this huge world.
    So, it happened anyway, and to say it didn’t upset me or frighten me would be a lie.
    But here I am, still alive, standing and even kicking when necessary.
    It was difficult and at times, it still is, but when I made that declaration, I meant it. And I will stand by all that is true to me to the end. I have never felt such freedom.
    Not many people really enjoy having what it is they are living in denial of, brought out into the light.
    It’s difficult to find ” dirt ” on anyone who keeps themselves and their environments clean.
    It is so wonderful to be living in a clean environment, finally!
    I highly recommend it! It really is worth all of which those who are afraid of actually occurring, if they take on this honest approach to life and more importantly, self!

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