15 Presidential Perspectives on Freedom and Liberty

Liberty is “freedom from” and freedom is the “power to.” Simply stated. Challenging to uphold. What I mean is: there is an enduring responsibility linked in each. We desire to be free to do what we want in life but our “free life” takes effort and lots of hard work. We also want liberty, being…

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Democracy: 5 Ways You Can Make It More Meaningful

An equal chance. It was what Abraham Lincoln firmly believed about the Declaration of Independence. It “gave promise that in due time the weights should be lifted from the shoulders of all men, and that all should have an equal chance.” The Declaration of Independence delivered the purpose and, eventually, the constitution. Equal chance through…

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On Freedom, Farming, and Life

Growing up on a farm is a great way to learn about the value of freedom. If you ask different farmers why they do it, many of the answers will center on the sense of freedom it brings – from planting to growing to doing what will make their life work on their land. What…

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Breathe in Your Independence, Exhale with Inspired Actions

As this Independence Day begins, take the time to really appreciate your independence and what it should mean in what you do every day. Below are three summary thoughts and related posts. Independence Thought 1: In America, we are free from oppression. It is our individual responsibility, now, to embrace our freedom to live an…

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Are We Mature Enough to Handle Independence?

We were all teens once. What we wanted most in life was independence. We wanted to be free from our parents (i.e.,  oppression) so that we could do whatever we wished. As parents with teens, we fear for our teens and the independence they desire. They aren’t ready. They aren’t mature enough. They aren’t being…

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Freedom from / Freedom to

Have you ever thought for just a few minutes about the concept of freedom? You should. Think about two elements. First, freedom has a “from” element to it. In the United States, we have the freedom from oppression. This is huge! We are not oppressed in the speeches we make, the opinions we have, the…

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America, the Beautiful

From those days in second grade, America the Beautiful has a special memory for me, as it calls us to be grateful for the beauty around us, in our communities and landscapes, and breathe in the freedom and then put it to work to make life better.

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