[aesop_image img="http://brainyfeet.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/teaching.jpg" imgwidth="100%" credit="Bob" align="left" captionposition="left" lightbox="off"]If you live in the USA, today is Memorial Day.[aesop_content color="#3a3a3a" background="#affeec" width="100%" columns="2" position="left" imgrepeat="no-repeat" floaterposition="right" floaterdirection="up"]
This is a day set aside to honor all of the brave men and women who have fought to protect & preserve American ideals. Today is a day to set aside our political leanings and opinions about which wars we should or shouldn’t be involved in.
On this day we say a collective “thank you” for the sacrifices these people have made.
I also want to thank a different kind of warrior.
In today’s world it takes a special kind of courage to stand apart.
There are far too many people who knowingly chose the chains they wear.
Too many people staying silent in the face of injustice to avoid ridicule or rejection.
Too many people who are complicit in their own oppression.
So, I want to take the time to honor those among us who dare to stand apart.
This is for those who speak out with a dissenting opinion (even opinions with which I don’t agree).
This is for the people who refuse to live the flavorless, pre-packaged life that was expected of them.
This is for those brave individuals who dare to actually exercise the freedom others have fought so bravely to secure.[/aesop_content]
[aesop_quote width="100%" background="#282828" text="#ffffff" align="center" size="2" parallax="off" direction="up" quote="My definition of a free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular. " cite="- Adlai E. Stevenson"]
Those who have the courage to boldly live a life of liberty and independence honor the fallen with their very breath and their revolutionary demand for individual sovereignty.
Where does courage come from?
I have another important message.
This one is for you if you’re reading this on the last day of this long weekend and dreading going to work tomorrow while dreaming about being a freedom-fighter someday.
I know you & I love you. Do you know why? Because you…and the growing number of people like you…are the walking, breathing definition of hope.
Hope keeps us all moving forward despite obstacles and distractions and disappointment. Hope persists.
But hoping is not doing. So, how then do you get that life of liberty and independence? Here’s the big secret:
Start with anything. Start by looking at what others are doing. Start by defining the life you want. Start by acknowledging your fears and doing it anyway.
Bran thought about it. ‘Can a man still be brave if he’s afraid?’
‘That is the only time a man can be brave,’ his father told him.
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
Start by simply making the decision that this will be your path.
As a reminder, I made this desktop wallpaper as my gift to you.
Start your journey…tomorrow!
I would be honored for you to trust me to be your guide on this journey. Click here to learn all about the class and how to register.
But don’t dawdle! Registration will close tonight at midnight eastern time.