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This week’s reflection point: Tomorrow is July 4th, marking the independence of America. Many of us will celebrate and mark the day with barbecues, picnics, parades and fireworks. For me it takes on a special meaning beyond all the festivities.
35 years ago I arrived in this country not knowing the language, the culture or the people. I had always dreamed of being here in the US and was in awe of it all. In a few short months I came to realize the real meaning of freedom. Here, without interruption of military emergencies, I was allowed to learn, to observe my religion and live as I chose.
This country had so many opportunities for me; most importantly to work hard and excel at becoming an entrepreneur. Little did I realize when I stepped off the plane in the Big Apple, New York, that I’d be where I am today. Now as a husband to my wife of 34 years, a father of two and a grandfather of two, I can say this is my country.
I’ve seen purple mountain majesties in the great west and golden waves of grain as I drove through the plains. America the beautiful lives in my heart and I proudly display her grand old flag in front of my home 365 days a year. I’m truly blessed and thankful for living and thriving in this great land.
This week’s tip: Take note of all the freedom and opportunities you enjoy in your life. Wishing you a safe and joyous 4th of July.
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