Independence Day is coming up this week. This day celebrates the time in history when the 13 American colonies united to declare independence from Great Britain. Of course, the declaration was merely the first step in a long battle toward liberty. The Revolutionary War was fraught with difficulty, and there were many moments when those involved were tempted to give up. In fact, some of the most stirring quotes from this time were issued when the future appeared most bleak, such as:
“We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.”~Benjamin Franklin
“Give me liberty or give me death.”~ Patrick Henry
“I have not yet begun to fight.”~ John Paul Jones
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported.”~ John Adams
“ Tyranny like hell is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value.”~ Thomas Paine
“Remember officers and Soldiers, that you are free men, fighting for the blessings of Liberty.”~ George Washington
“We fight, get beat, rise and fight again.”~ General Nathanael Greene
The tagline of my business is, “Freedom Through Organization.” I honestly believe that organizing one’s time, space and belongings enhances quality of life. Unfortunately the “tyranny” of modern living, characterized by complexity and time pressure, can be a thief of joy. Fortunately, like the colonists, we have the ability to resist the status quo. Similarly, just as they sometimes needed a good rallying cry, we too can benefit from a catch phrase or thought when the odds seem stacked against us.
Therefore, in the spirit of the 4th, I’m sharing some of my favorite phrases with the hope of inspiring you to toss off any restraints that are encumbering you and to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
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Happy Independence Day! Which one is your favorite?