July Fourth: Write Your Own Declaration of Independence.

It’s July Fourth and today we can declare our own independence. We can take a few minutes to write up our own declaration. Here’s mine.

I am an independent, emotionally autonomous country.

I declare that I have the right to be happy despite the fact that people around me are stuck.

I have the right set my own boundaries and decide what is in my best interest. I have the right to defend myself from attacks, verbal or physical. At the same, I have the responsibility of not doing to another what I don’t want them to do to me. In other words, I have to demand from myself what I demand from everyone else.  Furthermore, I can be gentle with myself if I make mistakes. Government leaders do make mistakes though rare is one who admits them. But I can make amends. (Or enact an amendment. And nobody else has to read it.)

I can take care of myself emotionally, spiritually, physically and mentally.

I can strive to better myself.

I can use my monetary funds at my own discretion but be fiscally responsible.

I can volunteer to help others but keep in mind the idea that I have to help myself first. I’ll remember the Airplane Law and put on my oxygen mask on before I attempt to help others.

I can be the land of the free and the home of the brave. I can, in my own mind, strive for courage and clarity of thinking.

I will keep my speeches brief. I will not engage in platitudes that don’t bring about changes. I will remember that I serve best as power of example without too much self-promotion.

I will remember that even if others get upset at my independence, I must live my own life. A life lived always searching for others’ approval will keep me miserable.

This is my Declaration of Independence. What’s yours?

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About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is a writer living in northern Israel whose novel, A Remarkable Kindness, is forthcoming from HarperCollins in August. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, and other publications. Her first book, The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker) was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award.
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3 Responses to July Fourth: Write Your Own Declaration of Independence.

  1. WOW! Wonderful, powerful, honest, specific. Can we just Xerox your Declaration of Independence? Happy 4th of July…you should be setting off Roman candles to go with this post.

  2. Britney says:

    Whayt are you delaring independence from?

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