The Fourth of July and Freedom are synonymous. With out the desire and drive for freedom from The Crown Adams, Jefferson and Franklin wouldn't have been in Philadelphia in July of 1776 plotting revolution. Today all across America we will celebrate their passion - and John Hancock's pure, raw nerve - with cookouts, parades, fireworks and a Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island.
Do you know what else Freedom is synonymous with? Life Coaching.
The pursuit of freedom in one's working life: the ability to set schedules, book appointments and work from one's location of choice.
The pursuit of freedom in one's health: escaping the bonds of obesity, the boundaries set by anger, anxiety and fear.
My Dad has a saying: "Freedom isn't Free. It's downright expensive." Of course, he didn't coin the phrase though it rings as true today as it did in 1776, in 1966, in all the years since. Freedom isn't free.
The cost of freedom is effort, drive and determination. The willingness to fail and try again, and again and again never ceding hope. You need to 'put your money where your mouth is' and while I have no idea why I seem to be quoting my Dad's favorite phrases so much in this post, the point made is sterling.
Wanting freedom, or anything for that matter, isn't enough. You have to work for it. You have to shift into drive and move forward: figuratively and literally. You have to strike out and away - taking risks and bruising your ego to create the life you want.
A life of Freedom, lived in Freedom is created. It's not a gift. It's not an entitlement. It's not guaranteed. We are granted the Right to Pursue Happiness... and I don't think we can deny Pursuit = Effort.
So I leave you with this challenge. Celebrate July 4, 2016 in a new way. Decide what Freedom means to you and set out mapping an action plan to claim and achieve your Freedom(s). I know you've got in it you - and - if you need a bit of help along the way, no shame in reaching out to a trusted friend, mentor or Coach.
I also ask that you take a moment of your day to spare a thought or prayer for our Service Men and Service Women - at home and abroad - who put their relentless drive and determination to the test on a daily basis ensuring my (our) right to navel gaze and self-publish thoughts on the internet.