Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day! Yes, today, July 2, 1776, was the day the Continental Congress adopted Richard Henry Lee’s resolution that the American

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colonies “are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.” As our nation celebrates its Declaration of Independence over the next few days, how do you recognize and celebrate your personal independence?  

What is Independence?

Independence is the degree of control you exercise over your life, and is the opposite of dependence on others to make decisions for you or to be subjected to their decisions about your life. Independence is separate from interdependence, the practical, useful and healthy way of mutually relying on one another.

While some people fear that independence will alienate others from them, the opposite is true. The more you are self-aware, self-motivated, and self-regulated, the more you have to offer others in a relationship.

Becoming independent takes courage if you are used to being dependent. History is full of people summoning their courage to no longer be dependent upon others. They chose to act as if  they were independent until they achieved the personal independence they deserved.

When you practice seeing yourself as independent, it becomes easier to practice acting as if you’re independent. By seeing yourself this way and acting as if, you create your own independence. The more you act with independence, the more independence you have.

“We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men

are created equal; that they are endowed by their

Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these

are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

~ The Declaration of Independence, 4 July, 1776

Your Personal Appraisal

  • In what ways are you bound by outside control or depending upon another’s authority?
  • How have you avoided seeking your independence?
  • When will you begin to free yourself from whatever is holding you back from being all that you can be?
  • Where will you look for your independence today?

Live Honest, Open and True

The more you choose to be independent, the stronger your relationships with others. Begin by seeing yourself as independent and acting as if . You create your independence by acting independently.
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