Celebrate Our Independence & Independents

By Greg Niemi . June 30, 2014

US Flag

This blog is to wish everyone a happy and safe 4th of July.

The 4th of July, Independence Day, is a timely reminder to cherish all the liberties which can be easily taken for granted (e.g., our freedom, livelihood, safety, security, retirement, health, etc.).

The foresight of our forefathers provided us with these liberties.  Battles were fought, lives were lost and powerful declarations were written into timeless documents which guide us to this very day.

Yet, unfortunately, some abuse these rights.  And, oh so many times, there are polarized positions taken surrounding the price of liberty.  Nevertheless, we at least can argue and debate these positions to find some healthy balance.

We can tell a joke without political persecution.  We can choose our chosen occupation.  Or we can change it.  We can enjoy safe and humane working conditions and have an abundance of food and safe water.

Our county is strong and secure.  We can at least worry about whether we have saved enough for our retirement.  Be fortunate you can complain about weather and other like minutia.

Heck, I even get to write this blog and you have the choice of whether you read it or not.

Furthermore, I have a soft spot and a deep respect for the independent business person.  Why?  Because they had the guts and determination to first get into business.  They believed in a better way and set out on their own to prove it.

Let’s celebrate independents as well as our independence.  I ask we pay respect to the founders of our nation AND the founders of the organizations we work for.

The fact is all organizations started out as an independent with a founder, or handful thereof, leading the charge.  All founders may not be perfect however, they were bold and courageous.

This fourth, as I do every fourth, I will fly the flag to pay respect to our founders who took those first footsteps to provide us with the independence and opportunities we are so fortunate to enjoy.

Greg

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