Declaration of Independence

Declaration of Independence – Listen and Reflect

As we celebrate the 4th of July, also known as Independence Day in the United States of America, I thought it only fitting to share this video of the Declaration of Independence.

While listening to these words it occurred to me this document could have been written during present times. In fact, many events that are taking place today seem to mimic those that took place so many years ago as people continue to fight for their rights.

Second Sentence In Declaration of Independence Is Powerful

Perhaps one of the most powerful and standout statements in the Declaration of Independence is found in the second sentence, and reads as follows:

Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

When these words were written in 1776, I feel certain the intent was to ensure a brighter future for everyone … without exclusion; but as the years have passed much has changed … and definitely not all for the better.

My hope is that some  day  soon we wake up as a nation, remember why the Declaration of Independence was written … and join forces in an effort to turn things around. After all, our founding fathers put everything they had on the line to ensure this would be the greatest nation on earth.

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”  Abraham Lincoln


This is a short poem dedicated to my Nephew, Bradley.  He is a young man, only 21 years old, and is currently undergoing treatment for Cancer.  I am in awe of his positive outlook, which shows wisdom beyond his years, and provides him the strength necessary to press forward.  His bright light was the inspiration that led me to share his journey with you.

Inspiring DragonlyLife happens and struggles come

It is a simple fact you cannot hide from

In these times though there will be a friend

Offering a smile and lending a hand

Humbled and grateful because they care

You begin to realize love is everywhere

With the help of one, and then another

Hope will blossom as you recover

Faith and courage this journey requires

But we travel together, this family of ours


While each of us have our own journey in life, no one has to travel the path alone.  Choosing to be there for one another is a simple but selfless act, that can provide love and comfort to many.


For those that would like to help offset the extensive medical costs Bradley has incurred, please visit the following link: Bradley’s Cancer Treatment Funding

Also, if you found these words inspiring, or know of someone that might find them comforting…please feel free to pass them along.

Today is about making the world a better place, one post at a time!

Until next time, this is me Living 2 Be Free…come join me!

“So long as we love we serve; so long as we are loved by others, I would almost say that we are indispensable; and no man is useless while he has a friend.”
-Robert Louis Stevenson, Lay Morals