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"Appreciation" and its "Independence"

Updated: Jul 4, 2020

What does "Appreciation" really mean? It's the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something. Or the 'full understanding of a situation"!

We all use this word when someone has done something nice for us. We graciously say, "thanks, I appreciate that." We know about the value, admiration, respect or treasuring of the meaning, But . . . what about the "appreciation of a situation"? The knowledge, awareness or comprehension of what life has put in front of us?

So my question for this day of celebrating our "Independence" is this . . . "Do we appreciate enough in life?" "Do we really understand the magnitude of what life has given us?"

I think not! . . . Some are not appreciating our freedom, our history, our defenders of our rights, our family or our elderly. Somehow, somewhere some in our country have lost their "respect" for who has made us the great country that we are. Our history and our forefathers are what built this land and it deeply saddens me to see our history destroyed and our elderly abused and cast aside like an old shoe that doesn't matter anymore.

So why has this great country lost its "appreciation" for life and its "appreciation" of its people?

"Freedom is the American Dream". Or . . . at least it was. Ever since our brave forefathers declared America's "independence" . . . the U.S. has been a beacon of "Liberty", "Hope" and "Opportunity" . . . and that's because our forefathers "trusted" free people, free speech and free markets.

So what the "Hell" happened?????

John F. Kennedy one said, "The great revolution in the history of man, past, present and future, is the revolution of those determined to be FREE"!

And Nelson Mandela ones said, "There is no easy walk to "freedom" anywhere and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountain tops of our desires".

We spoke about "Validation" and "Vulnerability" a few weeks ago. And how we must pull "positive" from our "vulnerability" to secure mankind. These are very powerful emotions, but the greatest emotion of all is "Gratitude"!!!!