America The Beautiful

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America The Beautiful

posted this on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at about 8am.
America The Beautiful

I've been very blessed in my life. I've never had to go to war. I've never had to fight for my food. In fact, I've never spent a day hungry unless it was because I chose not to eat.

I've never been without a roof over my head. I've never had to worry about bullies that I could't simply walk away from.

Often, I forget how blessed I am to live in such a wonderful land as the United States of America.

It seems, as I watch the news and hear accounts of so many that many others also seem to forget how blessed they are.

When we complain that our feelings are hurt because someone said the wrong word; when someone loses a job because they said something stupid 25 years ago; we have obviously forgotten how blessed we are.

I think it's helpful to understand the intent upon which our country was built. It was built upon the idea that God watches over us, protects us and provides us with every opportunity we have. It was built up on the idea that we have freedom to do what we please, when we please and how we please as long as we don't prevent others from doing the same.

The philosophy of our founders was that every person was created with the right to be free and have liberty from opression. That oppression too often comes at our own hands. Too often it comes because we forget that freedom comes from the risk of being hurt by those that don't share that view point.

Those that hurt us also share in that same freedom and we should never strive to take that away.

There have been more than plenty who have fought, bled and died so that I wouldn't have to. So that I could have the rights that I have.

When I think of one of our national hymns, America The Beautiful, I wonder how we could have forgotten where our freedom as come from.

O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
America! America!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!

Hopefully, this Independence Day, we can remember that it's not about shooting off fireworks or having bar-b-ques. It's about the freedom we have because of those that fought for our rights and liberty.

Corey Smith and his wife are the proud parents of five wonderful children and live in Meridian, Idaho. He is the president of Tribute Media, a Meridian based Web Design & Marketing Agency.

He is the author of two books, "Do It Right: A CEO's Guide to Web Strategy" and "Tweet It Right: A CEO's Guide to Twitter." You can learn more about his books here.

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