What Does It Really Mean? – “Independence Day”
July The 4th… Independence Day. Just another National Holiday? Or is it something more than that? Just what does it really mean to you? Have you ever been asked that before? Have you ever asked yourself?
I did…just last night. I broke my own nightly tradition of 1 Margarita before dinner…then eating dinner while watching some cable TV. Everything pretty much the same…’cept after dinner I helped clean up dishes (a little) and wandered off to my study / game / music room. Where all my stuff is. Right here is where I broke with my nightly ‘always do’ stuff. This night was different. I felt different. I sat at my computer and watched as it stared back at me for a few minutes. I wondered, almost out-loud, ‘What’s going on?’ What is this feeling?
Even while still wondering…I logged onto YouTube. I did a search for Diamond Rio. I wanted to listen to some of their stuff. Not sure why…just following a whim. A couple of things popped up and I put on my head-phones and clicked play. Yeah…that’s some of what I’m feeling. As I’m feeling the music, and living the words, my mind is moving into the flow of the energies. When that song ended, I clicked on a link that said something like ‘YouTube Mixes”. Ahh…a ‘play-list’ thing. Wow…40 tunes?…Ok… let ‘er rip.
It didn’t take long for my Heart to kick in and my eyes start leaking. (I do that sometimes, when no one can see me.) A lot of the songs that were being played, sang directly to my Heart. Oh man…what power and emotion in music.
Many of the songs had phrases and words that excited very real and deep feelings in my heart…clear to the depths of my soul it seemed. But I listened, sniffed, blew my nose and held my head up…proud of the many brothers and sisters that had posted so many music videos in honor of our Servicemen and Women, past and present…and also for those that give their lives in service to all our brothers and sisters.
Freedom…where does that come from? Many of my brothers and sisters paid for ‘my’ freedom with their lives. How can I ever pay that debt back?
Well…I thought about that for a long while, as I was listening to various artists give their renditions of Love…Hope…Peace…and in some cases…regret. Hmmm…my regret is that maybe…just maybe…in my travels in the world of other peoples lives, maybe I could have done much better. Better at giving. Better at Loving and sharing Love. Giving a smile, a warm thought and a kind word…maybe I could have done better along the way. Maybe not…
Even while all this was going on…I was feeling happy and feeling sad at the same time. It was one of those moments…when you’re alone…but you’re not really. Like maybe you slipped in between this reality and the next…It’s difficult to explain, because words only work in this reality. Anyway…I had this feeling that something strange was happening. Strange, but at the same time, familiar. My mind was whirling in and out….around and through all the experiences….the music, the rhythms, the questions and the answers. It touched again on the concern of how could I ever pay them back…and it all stopped.
It stopped…and I heard that little voice in my head say: “You don’t have to pay them back…not in that sense of the word. All You Gotta Do Is Love. Love is the answer…the key. The key to Freedom…the beginnings of Independence.”
Love Yourself. Love your Brother as you Love yourself…and your sisters too.
I believe Love is the answer to just about any worldly question. If there ever was a time, the world needs another Love Song…it is now. I’m going to work on this thought more…in another article.
In the meantime…ask yourself about what your belief is about Independence. Give yourself permission to drop a tear every now and then, to help wash away some of the pain and suffering that ‘Non-Love’ things have brought upon us and the Mother Earth. Let those tears turn into tears of joy and Love that we share with everyone on this very special Independence Day.