Today we pay tribute to the 234th Independence Day of our country. What a 234 years it’s been! I felt compelled to write in my blog today… specially since my blog has been abandoned for a few months. I’ve been so busy that I haven’t made time to straighten out my thoughts for my blog. But I have to today. It’s USA’s birthday.
I took the above picture from the Staten Island Ferry during my stay in New York. This was the very first time I saw Lady Liberty, and I’ll confess, I got chills when I saw her. To think of what her image has meant to so many people… and of course, what she represents to our country and to the world. It was a sweet and memorable moment, and one that reminded me of my own pursuit of happiness; the struggle, the opportunity, the obstacles, the stumbles, the triumph… all the things that make the pursuit of happiness worthwhile.
I’ve pasted the first 2 paragraphs of the Declaration of Independence. It’s so simply written, but yet incredibly profound. Read it… it’ll make your heart skip a beat.
“When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to separate.”
“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, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.—That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
Here’s to all of our pursuits of happiness…