“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.” – Declaration of Independence On this day, each year, we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A document that led to the freedoms we have today as citizens of the United States of America. While I am incredibly grateful for the life I live and the freedoms I am allowed, I also find myself reflecting on the incredible leaders these men were who forged this document. Just like this group of people, we face opposition in our own lives. Perhaps not at the level of trying to declare independence from an oppressive government, but opposition in our own right. With opposition comes choices. We can choose to give up and find the easy way out. To do just enough to get by and live the life we are handed rather than what we want. Or, we can choose to stand up and become the people that we not only desire to be, but are called to be. Each of us has a vision for our lives. Goals we want to achieve. Becoming the leaders we need to be to reach the level of success we invision for ourselves will require discipline, risk, and hard work. I want to challenge each of you today to take a moment and reflect on the person you want to be. Let’s use our forefathers as an example to step out and make it happen!
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