"We hold these truths to be self-evident: That all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life Nike Air Max 90 Grossiste , liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." --The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776
In a crowded, airless room in the city of Philadelphia 228 years ago this week, a group of men solemnly stepped forward, one by one, and affixed their names to a single sheet of paper -- each man knowing that if they faltered in their collective vision Air Max 90 Grossiste , purpose, commitment, or action, he had just signed his own death warrant. Yet before they were done, a total of 56 men had signed.
They knew what they wanted: They had a dream, a vision, a goal.
They knew why they wanted it: They had a purpose.
They knew the price and were willing to pay it: They were committed.
They had a plan: They took action.
And they set in motion a never before imagined and still imperfect and incomplete chain of events that continues to this day toward the ever-expanding vision of freedom and justice for all.
They triumphed, and yet their ultimate success remains to be realized. Its completion is a legacy handed down through the generations http://www.chaussureairmax90grossiste.fr/ , to us and through us, and on to those who follow.
This week as we celebrate their vision, purpose, commitment, and action (and as we also honor the succeeding generations who have kept the faith and improved on the dream), consider that it is largely because of their vision, purpose, commitment Air Max 90 Rouge Grossiste , and action that you are today a citizen of the Land of Opportunity.
You and I are the recipients of many precious gifts bought by others. Whatever our situations and backgrounds, we enjoy a freedom still only dreamed of in many parts of the world.
But in the midst of the familiar words of the Declaration of Independence, there's another phrase that goes mostly unnoticed. Thomas Jefferson wrote:
"[A]ll experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed."
It's another way of saying that, sadly, most people simply aren't motivated enough to do anything to change the status quo -- even if it's awful, even if they despise it Air Max 90 Rose Grossiste , even if it's slowly killing them. It's another way of saying the "comfort zone" rules.
Because freedom and opportunity are our day-to-day reality, we often take them for granted in a way that people in many parts of the world find astounding, even unthinkable. We keep ourselves ignorant of the true value and meaning of these gifts. And we too often waste them by not clearly seeing how precious they are and ACTING upon that -- by not reaching out and taking hold of the opportunity that surrounds us and is part of the very air we breathe. The opportunity for life itself -- more life, better life, life under no one's thumb.
As citizens of the Land of Opportunity, though, we have a sacred responsibility NOT to waste what's been given to us, bought with the blood and sweat of those who went before and longed for by millions around the world. We have a responsibility to lay hold of that limitless opportunity Air Max 90 Blanche Grossiste , burst out of our stifling "comfort zones," and make the most of our freedom -- to be, do, and have all we need for all the life we are capable of living.