The Fourth of July is almost here! The day in which we commemorate the Independence of the United States.
July 4th is the National Day of the United States. The day (July 4, 1776) in which the declaration of independence was adopted by the Continental Congress declaring the thirteen colonies as a new nation, independent from the British Empire.
Taking this commemoration into account, it is a good day to think about the freedoms that we have access to. Despite all the daily bad news, we must still be thankful that we live in a free country, that we are not under a dictatorial rule, and that we have pretty much full autonomy to live our lives as we please.
We are fortunate enough to have the BILL OF RIGHTS, which are the first ten amendments to the Constitution. These amendments delineate all the priceless freedoms we enjoy nowadays … Those that we sometimes take for granted.
- First Amendment:
- Freedom of Religion: We are free to practice any religion if we choose to do so.
- Freedom of Speech: We are free to verbalize all our thoughts and ideas.
- Freedom to Press: We are free to express ourselves through our writing and have our views publicized.
- Freedom to Assembly: We are free to hold meetings and discuss any subject we please.
- Freedom of Petition: We are free to write to the members of our government, expressing our views and request the passages of laws or amendments.
- Second Amendment – Freedom to Bear Arms: We have the right to own weapons, believed to be necessary as a protective mechanism.
- Freedom from Quartering: We are free from being forced to provide quartering (lodging) to military personnel.
- Freedom from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures: We are free from being searched or having our possessions seized without probable cause or the presence of a warrant.
- Freedom to receive Equal Justice (5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Amendments) : When involved in the criminal justice system, we have the liberty to have an attorney and a “grand jury” at court, to have a prompt public trial by a jury of our peers, to have information regarding any pending cases, to have all testimony and evidence to be presented publicly in court, to have witnesses testify in our behalf and, in most cases, to obtain bail. If found guilty, we cannot be sentenced to a cruel or unusual punishment. And if found not guilty, we cannot be tried twice for this same crime.
- Many other Freedoms: We are free to join any political party, to access free public education, to have any desired possessions, to travel, live, or work at any place we aspire to, and to marry and raise a family if we wish to do so.
- Freedom of Federalism: Each state has freedom and power to act independently from the federal government when not in conflict with the Constitution.
Are You Free??
The 4th of July is a good day to think about your own Personal Freedom as well.
- How do you feel about your life?
- Do you feel that you have all the freedom you desire?
- Do you feel captive at your job, or in a relationship?
- Do you feel at liberty to have the body that you want?
- Are you free to enjoy good health or are you enslaved by medical conditions?
If you are not content or feel imprisoned by anything in your life, What are you doing to live a free life?
Maybe this day will help you to set forward all your plans towards Independence in whatever area you desire…. Maybe this day you can Declare your Freedom in order to Start Fulfilling your Life!
To a Fitter Healthier You,
The Fitness Wellness Mentor