The Fourth of July—also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of this days celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. The Fourth of July 2020 is on Saturday, July 4, 2020.

Our Star Spangled Banner

Of course, there is always the privilege of listening to a recording of Kate Smith’s magnificent contralto paying full honor to The Star Spangled Banner.

Founding Father’s Independence

There’s much that we take for granted, living where we live in these great and complicated United States. The freedom to do so certainly started with our forward-thinking founding fathers. They set forth a whole new way of being, and living, with independence.

What About Personal Independence?

It got me thinking about the meaning of independence on a deeper, more personal level. What does it mean to be personally independent?

What DOES it mean?

The quality or state of being independent or competent. Synonyms include self-dependence, self-reliance, self-subsistence and self-support. Merriam-Webster

A true feeling of independence starts with an energy, a force that fuels and permeates a sagacity of human spirit, a spirit that manifests as personal power, something that is at times forgotten or lost in the chaos of the daily grind.

To my way of thinking, this personal sovereignty is a combination of both mindset and sense, a combo that reminds us of whom we are meant to be. Let’s look at some core senses or deeper places of wisdom.

Core Senses and Wisdom

There’s a Sense of Liberty Mind – recognizing freedom is a state of mind. A Sense of Connection, of fostering healthy relationships and a Sense of Deep Appreciation – nurturing an attitude of gratitude for all that you have. There is a Sense of Awareness – being awake to the moment, living now. Knowing you can do it is a Sense of Self-Reliance. In addition, there is a Sense of Personal Sovereignty, owning your personal space and that granting permission belongs to you. Last but definitely not least, is a Sense of Home, knowing no matter where you are at any time, “home” is within.

Personal independence is non-negotiable; a commodity that no one can ever take from you, because it has nothing to do with external stuff. Your personal sovereignty is where you and only you reign. Thought Changer

Independence vs Interdependence

When you tell your spouse and other significant others in your household what you need from them in order to succeed in your business, a strong alliance is formed. They depend on you to generate income from your efforts. You depend on them to pitch in and help you do that, by allowing you to have specific office hours for example.

Interdependent household participants strengthen you, your business, and your family. It takes work to achieve this state, even more work to maintain it. (Ask me how I know.) But it’s worth it. (Ask me how I know that too …)  Business Network

An interdependent relationship is a relationship where both sides are self-sufficient, love and respect themselves but decide to share their lives with someone else to create a synergistic effect which is bigger than the sum of their parts.

Isolated or Vulnerable?

Independence without interdependence leaves you isolated.
Interdependence without independence leaves you vulnerable.

Not only can you have both independence and interdependence, true independence requires interdependence, and true interdependence requires independence. You need the help of others to learn new skills to help yourself. And if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of others.

As individuals and as a country, we need both independence and interdependence. Freedom depends on both.

Gail Bremner

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As individuals and as a country, we need both independence and interdependence. Freedom depends on both.

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