Celebrating the True American Dream

The vision of those who, in 1776, declared the United Stated a sovereign nation is clearly described in the Declaration of Independence: “All men are created equal…..they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights….among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

These moving words reach out to the most primary desire and motivation within each of us: the freedom to express ourselves fully and completely whatever way we may choose. It is important, however, to understand that happiness is not a goal but more an ongoing quest.

Happiness results from the daily choices and decisions we make in our lives. One of those choices is to be involved in that which we feel is worthwhile and satisfying – having a sense of purpose. Another choice is how we approach each day – do we begin with expressions of gratitude for what we have, or is our focus on what “appears” to be missing?

So if July 4th is the reminder of the wonderful freedoms with which we have been gifted, why not take some time over this holiday weekend to reflect upon how we are using that freedom to create a purposeful and meaningful life. Perhaps, the following perspective featured in my book, Even Eagles Need A Push, will provide nourishing food for thought.

What is Life?

Life is a gift….accept it.
Life is an adventure….dare it.
Life is a mystery…. unfold it.
Life is a game…. play it.
Life is a struggle….face it.
Life is beauty….praise it.
Life is a puzzle….solve it.
Life is opportunity….take it.
Life is sorrowful….experience it.
Life is a song….sing it.
Life is a goal….achieve it.
Life is a mission….fulfill it.

About David McNally

David McNally, CEO & President of TransForm Corporation
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