The World According To Stan

Today marks a day of celebrating in the United States.  There are parades, family get-togethers, barbeques, and fireworks!  People fly the the flag and praise the day that occurred 237 years ago when the Declaration of Independence was published and we became an independent nation.  They should, because it’s the patriotic thing to do.  In fact, in my opinion, all nations should have an Independence Day!  I truly hope that someday all the people of the earth will love each other and that we can all get along for the betterment of all!  That day may be far in the future, but I hope that we all do what we can to make it happen.  Then, on that future day, we can have an Independent Earth Day!

When I thought about today’s Stanism, I wrote it from a patriotic point of view and was ready to push the “publish” button when I had second thoughts.  Although, I truly liked what I wrote and thought that it was very appropriate for today, I thought, but it’s really not me, it’s more of a patriotic history essay with just a little Stanism thrown in.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m as patriotic as any true red-blooded American.  I spent 4 years in the Navy and I’m very proud of that!  I fly the flag and I say the pledge of allegiance, but I also write Stanism essays.  Each one is supposed to be unique and each one from the heart.  The first one I wrote today, was not totally from my heart and I discarded it and wrote another one, from my heart.

So, that you’ll know that I really did write two, I’ll show you both of them here.
First one:
Today we celebrate the Fourth of July in the United States!  It all started here on July 2nd 1776, when the Congress secretly voted for independence from Great Britain.  The Declaration of Independence was first published two days later on July 4, 1776.  It is the publication of the Declaration that we celebrate, which was 237 years ago today.  Citizens celebrate the Fourth of July by expressing and giving thanks for the freedom and liberties fought by the first generation of many of today’s Americans.  My hope is that all nations can have their own independence and that we all can live independently in peace.  For today, I hope that everyone everywhere has a beautiful day and a spectacular evening!

Second one and the one I actually published:
Today, we celebrate the Fourth of July in the United States!  There will be parades, family get-togethers, barbeques, and fireworks tonight!  Lots and lots of fun for everyone, right?  Actually, there will be many that won’t participate in a lot of those activities.  There are people that are lonely, like seniors, divorced, widows, widowers, some single people, and even some married people.  It’s different for them!  They have to cope in a fun-filled world while they themselves sit lonely and possibly crying.  So, today if you are one of those that are not listed then feel very fortunate and celebrate for all it’s worth, but please try to remember those that are listed, for they also need to feel loved.  For those that are listed, please do your best to get through the day!  There is and will be better days coming for you – You just have to believe!  I hope everyone has a beautiful day!

I hope you like both and many of you might like the first one better, but please remember that the second one is totally from my heart and it’s written for all those that won’t, because of many reasons, be able to join in on all the day’s activities.  Sometimes in life we have to just try to survive and that’s not always easy.  And, sometimes even Stan has to be true to himself.  Today, is one of those times!

On a day that many people will celebrate and be totally lost in all the fun and festivities, I hope that all people everywhere will take the time to cherish the moment in which they live.  Whether they are by themselves or not, they can still celebrate.  Today, is a wonderful day to celebrate all that you have.  If you truly make a list of everything that you are currently blessed with, you may find more on it than you thought there’d be.  Why might there be more, because we sometimes remain too focused on the past and not on what we really have today.  We should always remember that yesterday is gone and our tomorrows have yet to come.  Today, we have many things surrounding us – yesterday’s memories, today’s actual things and people that do love us, and we have tomorrow’s dreams.  If we all will just take a moment to close our eyes and think about what we have today, I think we may be pleasantly surprised.  However, it’s been my experiences that to really see what we have today, we have to be receptive to what lies before us.  Sometimes, it’s not easy to  see what we have.  We may be too emotional and to focused on how sad we are.

I hope that today you will look carefully at all that you have and, at the same time, remember all that you had.  What you have today needs it’s full attention, but you also need to carry any past memories with you.  Any future happiness that may come, can be helped by dreaming today.  Dreams can become reality, but remember, that they are not real until they happen!

On this beautiful Fourth of July, I hope that you find happiness with what you have today and that all your future dreams come true.  

Thanks for reading,
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