Sparked by Words



Happy 4th of July, Americans.

However you celebrate, remember that freedom is a lifestyle people worldwide struggle to achieve.

Freedom marches on sore feet. Freedom cries on an empty belly. Freedom learns in all colors. Freedom prays in many languages. Freedom hurts. Freedom heals.

We all have a stake in making the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution an ongoing force. An evolving reality that began with dissension over wordage and power. And changed. And changes still.

Be civil. Be fair. We are stronger united but many voices demand an ear. Listen. Read.

We are the face of humanity for the rest of the world.

We are the standard of liberty for all people.

Be civil. Be seen. Be loud. Be present.

March. Write. Speak. Think. Vote.

Assure rights to all Americans. Every day. Every year. Every place.

Life. Liberty. Pursuit of happiness.

Happy 4th of July.


Just a thought 42


Image: United States of America Declaration of Independence

Comments on: "Freedom" (35)

  1. Wise advice. It’s amazing how prescient and all-encompassing the Constitution is.

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  2. Jenna Barwin said:

    Well said, Sharon! Happy 4th!


  3. Perfectly said.
    I put your words right up there with Faulkner and Mandela

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    • Judy, I don’t deserve such honor. But thank you for the thought.

      “We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts: not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.” – Abraham Lincoln

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  4. Beautifully said, Shari! Seems these days, it’s all about the fireworks stands every few blocks, gunshots and all kind of he!!-raising! What happened to real patriotism? Enjoy your Independence Day and the freedom this day represents! I know I will!


    • I recognize other ways of celebrating the 4th of July, though I could do without the gunshots and M 80’s firing all night long. But I wish each person would stop and think about how much freedom costs and how it demands an ongoing commitment in order for us to remain free. It isn’t how high someone raises their flag but how much they’re willing to extend freedom to the strangers in their neighborhood.

      “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

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  5. Wonderful words, all of them, Sharon. Thank you!


  6. It’s special to see a picture of the actual declaration – think of their hopes, expectations, belief in the future. Sharon, your thoughts are needed more in today’s world than ever – beautifully written with passion and wisdom. Wishing you a brilliant day!


    • It really is an incredible document, especially considering what a radical idea it proposed. The idea of a democratic republic when monarchies reigned all over the world – imagine how deeply these people thought about what a future might look like without a king. You seem to be having a wonderful summer so far, Annika – hope it continues.

      “With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., from “I Have A Dream”

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  7. It is a trying time we’re in, Shari.
    Happy 4th of July!


  8. Sharon, it is wonderful to see this original of the declaration. Would it that all
    listened to the beautiful and well thought through words.

    I quote you great words: “However you celebrate, remember that freedom is a lifestyle people worldwide struggle to achieve.
    Freedom marches on sore feet. Freedom cries on an empty belly. Freedom learns in all colors. Freedom prays in many languages. Freedom hurts. Freedom heals.”

    Celebrate and be proud of what is the basis of your land.



    • Thank you, Miriam – my own words quoted right back.

      “The American Revolution and Declaration of Independence, it has often been argued, were fueled by the most radical of all American political ideas.” – Carl Bernstein


  9. Hope you had a lovely 4th of July, Shari!


    • We did, thank you. I continue to be surprised by how many people who are not Americans know so much about our country and yet most of us know very little about other parts of the world. Do you celebrate a similar holiday?

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      • I think that’s maybe because of the great influence America has in so many different areas, especially in the movie industry. For example there’s no Spring Break here in Germany but every student knows about it. 😉
        We’ve got a holiday celebrating the unification of Germany (East +West) in the 3rd of October but there actually are no real festivities going on then. Germans are very cautious when it comes to celebrating anything related to the people and country because for obvious reasons. It was a huge surprise for every one in 2006 when the Football World Championships were here and the people allowed themselves to be publicly proud of their team and showed the flag in cars etc without having to fear being called a Neo-nazi. And I think we handled it really well, although we didn’t win. 😉


      • Sarah, I read your comment three times, internalizing the implications.

        You’ve really opened my eyes to something I didn’t know.

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  10. I sincerely hope your fellow countrymen listen to your words.


  11. Wonderfully said, Sharon! Your words and messages are vital for all to read and hear. Hope you had a grand celebration!


  12. Brilliant post. Perfect for the holiday. Sadly, I often think our rights and the sacrifices of so many are taken for granted by the masses


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