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What Is Freedom?

Freedom forthWith the celebration of Independence Day people often talk about freedom. Freedom is often thought of in terms of your country, democracy, etc. But is that really freedom?

Freedom can represent something different to each person.

Let me give some examples:

  • A person in prison would consider freedom being outside prison walls.
  • A person living in a dictatorship longs to live in a country that is democratic.
  • A homeless person might consider freedom having a roof over their head.
  • A sick person would consider freedom not having an illness.
  • A person who is financially broke might consider freedom having money to pay their bills.
  • A person in an abusive marriage would consider freedom being divorced.

Every person looks at freedom differently. True freedom comes from within you. I know you have heard this before, but it is true. There are people who are in prisons that still keep that freedom inside of their soul.

I always find the movie the “Shawshank Redemption” to be a good example of how a person holds onto hope and freedom inside of their soul despite the outward realities. The character Andy Dufresne is imprisoned for twenty years, yet inside of himself he holds on to hope of being a free man. He does not express this to anyone, but deep inside of him he makes a resolution that he will obtain freedom. It takes time and eventually he does become a free man once again.

There are people that are bedridden that still have freedom inside their spirit despite the fact that they cannot function their physical body. As a bedridden person I have a continual battle inside of myself to maintain the spirit of a free person. Sure, there are times that I feel totally despondent about my situation, but I hold on with everything I have. That freedom is within me and there will always be an answer if I just hold on long enough. Does that mean that I’m going to be miraculously healed? Not necessarily. It means that I must find a way to not let my circumstances defeat my soul.

Then there are the opposite, people who believe they are free who really are living like zombies following the crowd and not thinking for themselves. To me they are more imprisoned then anyone else. They are being controlled by the media, the Internet, television, movies, families, and even jobs. They do not realize that they are not free inside of themselves. They have to feel an attachment to something or else they feel completely lost. More and more I see people becoming zombies as technology advances. They have no clue how to think for themselves without some influence.

People often compromise their personal freedom for the sake of having peace in a situation. It does not mean you have to argue with someone, but do you really have to go along with someone else’s program? Not if it goes against your soul. Of course there are situations where it’s best to keep silent. Nowadays too many people are keeping silent when they should be speaking up for what they feel or believe inside themselves.

How do you obtain personal freedom? That takes deep introspection and examining all parts of you, the good, the bad, the dark, and the light. All of these elements we have within us and if we do not expose our internal self to all parts of who we are we really never know who or what we are.

So the first step to personal freedom is giving up everything you have been taught or thought and spending time examining your life completely. This can often be hard because sometimes you will become more depressed at the parts of you that you feel you cannot change. Change can come when you develop the attitude that you want a personal revolution.

The only real change always comes from within. External forces cannot change your internal self. Be patient as it does take time and like a snake you have to shed the old skin to become a new person. Peeling off the layers of yourself takes time and sometimes you may want to put some of the old layers back on as they are more comfortable. Sometimes a few of those layers need to be put back on after you have discarded the negative and counter-productive layers. This is where you have to really be willing to fight the battle within to obtain personal freedom.

So are you willing and ready to become free?

No matter what your circumstances it is within you to be a free independent thinker and person. Many of the great people throughout history, who made a difference in this world, were those who chose personal freedom. They are the ones who are written about in history books and remembered by many. The person who does not become free inside is often not remembered by many because they were just like everyone else.

We can become a diamond that sheds light on the world if we are willing to step out and be free. If you can endure the pressure it takes to be that diamond, you will shine.

That is true independence!

“The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.” ~ Jim Morrison

Many blessings,
Cherokee Billie

CherokeeBillie.com

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What Memorial Day Means To Me.

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In the United States, we are observing Memorial Day this weekend.

Memorial Day is not about picnics and barbecues. It is about showing respect to those who fought and the many that died for our country. What ever you do this weekend take time to pause and give thanks for all that you have due to the sacrifice of many men and women.

I wanted to take a minute and share with everyone the significance of Memorial Day to me and, I believe, to all of us.

On Memorial Day, we take time to remember all of the soldiers that died so that we can have our freedom.

My father fought in World War Two and his total platoon was killed by the Japanese and he survived because he played dead even though he was shot many times. My father received the Purple Heart, and the Silver Star. I always think of him on Memorial Day.

So this holiday is very important to me as I remember what my father went through for me and for others.

I also think of all the young man that I went to school with who went to Vietnam. Some returned and some did not.

The following quotes sum up for me the real importance of Memorial Day. Feel free to share them with your friends
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“It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived.” – General George S. Patton

Memorial Day they who for their country die shall fill an honored grave, for glory lights the soldier’s tomb, and beauty weeps the brave.” – Joseph Drake

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

“Show me a hero and I will write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald

They hover as a cloud of witnesses above this Nation. -Henry Ward Beecher

Who kept the faith and fought the fight; The glory theirs, the duty ours. -Wallace Bruce

The patriot’s blood is the seed of Freedom’s tree. -Thomas Campbell

The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example. – Benjamin Disraeli

Each man is a hero and an oracle to somebody. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

But the freedom that they fought for, and the country grand they wrought for,
Is their monument to-day, and for aye. -Thomas Dunn English

For love of country they accepted death… -James A. Garfield

The greatest glory of a free-born people is to transmit that freedom to their children. -William Havard

The dead soldier’s silence sings our national anthem. -Aaron Kilbourn

For death is no more than a turning of us over from time to eternity. -William Penn

On thy grave the rain shall fall from the eyes of a mighty nation! -Thomas William Parsons

The brave die never, though they sleep in dust: Their courage nerves a thousand living men. -Minot J. Savage

We come, not to mourn our dead soldiers, but to praise them. -Francis A. Walker
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Think About Your Country


How long do we want to continue digging a financial hole from our Heartland to China? How long will the whining of the spoiled prevail? How long before America has good stewards of your tax dollars? How long before everyone realizes that we all may need to do some sacrificing?

If you care about your country, don’t accept falsehoods, and stop backing deceivers. A political party is not a football team; you do not have to stand beside them just because you have in the past. The choices you make in the future will affect all Americans. When the time comes, choose someone whose hope is true. See the political dance the politicians and some unions, (who are in bed together), are making, they dance for themselves; we need representatives who care about America, not selfish fools who are unable to control their selfishness and the spending of your tax dollars. (Proverbs 17:16) Of what use is money in the hand of a fool, since he has no desire to get wisdom?

Short term gains often lead to long term pains. Sometimes we have to decide what is more important, our personal securities or our liberties as a whole? Do you choose current pleasure with long term pain? Or do you sacrifice desires to avoid leaving yourself and others out in the cold. If you get your wants met, but the rest of your state and country suffer, are you selfish?

Change the way you think and you will drastically change your outcomes.

Be sure you are thinking with your head and not with your emotions. If you are reacting from emotionally driven context, you words will lack wisdom. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; Ephesians 4:22-23

So many people are suffering and homeless. More food stamps are issued now than ever in history! I cannot begin to tell you the stories that I’ve heard over the past two years of people who cannot get work even though they are highly qualified because of their age. There is no respect for wisdom, which comes usually with age.

The laws that are imposed by the government have made it difficult to continue manufacturing in America. There goes the jobs to foreign countries. America used to be the leading manufacturer in the world and now it is a service country.

Support Your Country As Much As You Can-In What Ever Way You Can. Each Little Bit Can Make A Difference.

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