Happy Independence Day, America

Many of you will be out at a BBQ, drinking alcohol, and enjoying time with friends, family and loved ones. I wish you all a very safe and happy holiday weekend, but, lets please not forget some very important things:

– Please don’t drink and drive
– Please be responsible with alcohol consumption
– Enjoy the opportunity to be with those you love
– Please don’t set your neighborhoods on fire with fireworks

Most importantly, though, let us not forget the spirit of the holiday. Today celebrates the day that we adopted the Declaration of Independence, establishing the United States of America. This ultimately led to the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the liberties and freedoms we now have as Americans.

This Independence Day is encircled by landmark progress in the recognition of rights and liberties for all Americans. As we celebrate this holiday in true American fashion, becoming satiated, inebriated, and practicing our skills at pyrotechnics, take a moment to realize how each and every one of us affects one another. Our thoughts, feelings, attitudes, views, beliefs, etc. are often brought up in conversation. Don’t let that conversation turn to an argument. Respect one another. Accept one another.

Your time is limited. Don’t waste it by living someone else’s life. Think for yourself. Challenge the status quo. Enjoy life.

May you and yours have a safe and happy 4th!