Ever year, we celebrate our nation becoming Independent. BBQ’s. Fireworks. Parades. Sparklers. Flags. What began as 13 colonies, has grown into 50 states and several territories. Wars have been fought, here and there. Depressions, Recessions, and sky-rocketing sales. Evolving value preferences have altered debates. Change.
We always imagine the American Revolution having ended a long time ago. But we haven’t actually stopped revolving. Bad ideas have been revolted from. Good ideas are revamped. Or vice-versa. Issues and ideas come and go like the tide. Inflamed, then relaxed.
We are not the same America as we once were. And we won’t be the same America in the future. We can look back and question what the Founding Fathers would have done in today’s world, but what would be the point? We may share the American identity, but we have morphed into completely different skins. We have defended the original rights and liberties that were originally granted to us. And we have obtained new ones. We have revised our opinions.
The revolution will continue to revolve. I cannot comment on where we will be in 200 or so years. I can’t give them any advice. And I am not commenting on where we are today. Some believe we are headed for disaster. Others, like myself, remain optimistic. Because times change. America changes. High tides and low tides. If we move WITH America and do our best to help steer her through her inevitable revolutions, we will continue to be able to celebrate July 4th with smiles on our faces.
Happy Independence Day!
During the summer, I tend to lose track of time. So I’m not sure exactly how long it has been since I de-activated my Facebook account. Several days, not quite a week. I suppose that is a good thing that I cannot remember. I can’t say that I miss it. I’ve noticed that when I’m on the computer at night, I run out of things to do. I feel a sense of “now what?” This is exactly why I chose the Facebook-less path. I now have more time for smaller things. Opening a book. Or writing a thought-out email or in this case: a blog. More importantly, I REALLY want to see and talk to many people, both family and friends. I want to know what is new in their lives. I know what your probably thinking. Get on Facebook! But I can’t do this….not now…not for awhile. For me, Facebook has been a huge distraction. Constant chatter… hallway type chatter. And I’m beginning to question exactly HOW Facebook effects our relationships. When I would go home to visit family, it almost felt like I had never left at all. After all, we had been keeping tabs on each other on Facebook the whole time I was away from home. Without Facebook, I look forward to warm hugs and meaningful “how have you been?” inquiring. Discussions picked up from where we left off. Explaining life alterations over coffee. Progressions and set backs. Ideas and the changing circumstances, both domestic and abroad and inner. Decisions made or being made. Reminiscing with laughs. Realization of realities. Not hallway chatter.
A friend of mine recently wrote on his blog, “my chances are better if I go the opposite way of where everyone is going”. I am intrigued by this philosophy. So I will try to place myself into situations that appear abnormal, and evolve into them… dissolving all that is abnormal. By peering under unattractive rocks, who knows what I may find. The treasure I seek is not on Facebook. I’m near certain of that.
It’s amazing how much you can see when you close your eyes and open your mind.
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