Think about it. Whether it’s the 4th of July, the World Cup or Olympics, a graduation, a birth or a death that’s being ‘celebrated’…
“Every human has four endowments — self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom… The power to choose, to respond, to change.” — Stephen R. Covey
In the USA, people celebrate the 4th of July for historical reasons, for pride of country, to remember the freedoms we were gifted when the country was formed. Yet, of what are we really reminding ourselves? Isn’t it really the human spirit we’re talking about?
From whatever country anyone hails, this underlying ‘go-get-em’ behavior that leads a family, a team, a nation and even a world to evolve is simply human nature. This is what we long for and appreciate, for example, when we watch the myriad of videos posted on Facebook. As we view others singing, playing, doing (whatever) — our hearts connect, creating joy in us as well. What is the exponential effect of just one video? (Think about that!)
We are born with an innate sense of goodness and capacity for the extra-ordinary. It’s what we’re made of, how our heart is formed ready to participate in this connectional life matrix that we cohabit. It’s what makes us strong and yet tears our eyes at the same time, as we’ve learned the meaning of compassion.
Beyond the four endowments, each of us is gifted with act-titudes and attitudes — characteristics making us uniquely able to interact and bring our own joy into the world. Employed, these gifts allow our spirit to soar; if left laying low undiscovered, one may never realize or recognize all that is possible or the influence you have to enjoin with others. It takes a sense of courage and risk to explore, yes. It requires creativity to keep re-forming and making anew. Isn’t that worth it!
It’s your life, and you do have the power to choose now that you’re standing here, having been birthed in the flesh. In playing at this Game of Life at every level, consider that human connectionalism — how everything you do in some way will inevitably impact someone else.
Your words have the capacity to influence. Your response to events can motivate others to be a part of the process. By choosing to usher in the changes that allow continued growth and evolution, you participate in the spirit of all living things, something our indigenous world cultures understand even today.
Self-awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination
Forgive me Mr. Kennedy for changing your well-known line a little…’Ask not what your country can do for you’…taking the meaning a titch further….‘but, what you can do for your Spirit and thus, your children, your family, the World.’