Holding these truths

Your happiness is independent of Washington.

You do understand that, right?

All the brouhaha and machinations and puffery and, yes, silliness, it has nothing to do with your everyday life. Even the terrible events of this past week didn’t interrupt what you were doing.

That’s what it means to be free.

And please make no mistake:

You’re free. Nothing is stopping you.

Go! Flex those arms and legs and start walking — run if you wish.

It’s your decision to walk, run, crawl, growl, or sit and wait. The choices are all yours. You have to own the results, of course — that’s how life works in a free society — but don’t let that thought stop you, either.

Yeah: It’s those thoughts that you let stop you that really hurt.

It all comes back to this thought: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all folks are created equal with certain rights that can’t be taken away, including the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

Washington didn’t give you these rights, and Washington can’t take them away, no matter how much it may try. You were born with them.

So go ahead. Get out there and pursue happiness.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, and an insistent cat. Author of Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, A Bridge at Crossroads, Refuse to be Afraid, and A Scream of Consciousness.

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