For Americans, the Fourth of July marks the day that the colonists gained their independence from the British. While I could create a timeline of events that led to the start of the Revolutionary War, there are really only three important actions that I want to highlight. With that being said, I can already envision history chieftains cringing at how I am about to dilute the complexity and significance of all of the events that led to Americans securing their freedom from tyrannical oppression. My statement is not to cause heads to turn, bodies to roll over in graves, or hands to spark a fire of national debate on CNN. It’s simply my idea that revolutions don’t start when a bullet is fired, a sword is plunged, a rock is flung from a sling, or an arrow is launched from a bow. A revolution begins with a thought, a belief, and a relentless active commitment. Yes, some-one some-where in some-situation felt enough angst that they thought, believed, and did some-thing different.
Now, it’s easy to think about revolutions in a historical context; to see the night and day in the before and after of those events, yet it’s a more personal experience that happened in the life of a friend that inspired this post.
These enemies had amassed a great army to keep her immobilized and when the burden of status quo began to suffocate her to death, she thought. She believed. She did. She started a revolution in her life to change her future.
On this fourth of July, let’s think about what is possibly holding us back from pursuing ideas that flood our thoughts, awakens our passions, and roots our purpose. Whatever we find, it’s time to start a revolution against the enemy within that has accumulated an army that keeps us bound in idle submission.