Cory and I have been in some pretty heated discussions lately about the RIGHTS we have as Americans and as human beings. It's not heated because we disagree, but heated because we agree and feel passionate about certain things, and know that not everyone shares our points of views or opinions. There are some things that are just hard for us to fully wrap our brains around and understand, because they aren't views we share with others....
Anyway, last night I said, "I just wish there was some kind of formula, or some kind of way to explain to people that it is so important to WORK for things. I know that as American's we have freedoms and should have certain rights...but I wish there was just an answer somewhere, an answer for us to all live by and encourage people to work towards things and not just feel like they deserve things."
Then it hit me - our founding fathers had it right when they stated in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
THAT is the answer - the PURSUIT of happiness! I went to the dictionary and found the definition of the word pursuit. This is what Meriam Websters gives as the definition:
synonyms see work
So while I am grateful for the "rights" I share with my fellow American's, I don't think I feel entitled to anything (or at least I try not to feel like people owe me anhything). I don't feel like I deserve certain things in life just because I am alive. Wait - I take that back - I think I do deserve 2 things - #1 respect from others. #2 the right to work towards the things I want, or towards happiness. The right to the "Pursuit of Happiness".
So without getting into heated discussions, declaring political parties or agendas I do want to say that I hope that Americans can learn to work, learn to try their very best, try their hardest and WORK hard towards the things that will make them happy.
getting off of my soapbox now....
Edited to add: I am really not even pointing fingers at any ONE political issue. I think that some of our basic problems in life and relationships come from feeling entitled to things. Whether it be in a marriage between spouses, a family relationship, a relationship with friends and neighbors or even a relationship with people at church. When we start feeling entitled to things we begin to loose the spirit of graitutude that reminds us of how little we really are. I think that if we are to fill our hearts with gratitude and thankfulness for everything we are given we will feel less like we deserve things handed to us. I hope that will communicate my feelings a little better.....We need to return to gratitude in all things.