For those who may not know, in the United States July 4th is celebrated as “Independence Day.” On July 4th, 1776 the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence, a document declaring the 13 colonies’ independence from Great Britain.
A few years ago we wrote about another kind of declaration of independence — a declaration of personal independence.
Here’s a short summary of what we said back then:
“Lately I’ve been paying attention to how I interact with other people. Sometimes I’ll catch myself almost unconsciously mirroring their words or feelings. For example, I may have allowed their vibration of anger to set up a similar vibration in me — even when, a moment before, I may have been feeling peaceful and calm.
“In effect, I’ve been letting others determine my thoughts, actions, and feelings. I’ve allowed them to set my standards for me.”
“When you were little children, many of you were so spontaneous and free. You immersed yourselves in the joy of life. But after hearing your elders say ‘No!’ to your joyous outbursts, you became little robots — little adults. You stuffed your free and joyous spontaneity, and instead submitted yourselves to cold, rigid, and joyless standards of conduct.
“Many of you are still allowing others to set your standards — to dictate what you will and will not do, think, believe, and feel.
“It’s time for you to reclaim your birthright — the birthright of joy you knew as a child. It’s time for your declaration of independence.”
Have you made your own personal declaration of independence?