It all started with a Tea Party and resulted in a Free Nation. We know the names of the men responsible for setting things in motion. At least I hope you do. John Adams was the first vice-president and the second president of the United States. He is known for many things and one is a letter to his wife, Abigail which he wrote on July 3, 1776.
The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in
the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by
succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be
commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God
Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.
(The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).
My thanks to the brave men and women who fought with “Toil and Blood and Treasure” that Adams refered to here. To the military and the families of those brave souls, I salute you.
When I read the enthusiasm in those words Adams’ excitement becomes contagious. I want to live with the same pride of the colonials, but I want the electricity, and toilets. It has been 235 years since those battles were won and we live the dream. However, in living the dream we have become victim to the advances of our world and become complacent. Abundance is a part of our way of life, and with that lavishness we over indulge. Giving no thought to anything other than:
- To enjoy life in any way we can — party, drink.
- To eat what we want, as much as we want.
- To consume rich fatty foods.
- To be sedentary and never exercise.
- To skip taking medication or never even see a doctor.
- To drive and not ever walk anywhere.
- To have a handicapped sticker when our handicap could be addressed with weight loss.
Eating and exercise. I always get around to it, don’t I? Remember all the battles fought for us, lives lost and sacrifices made gave us the right to LIVE. Instead many of us are actually killing ourselves one day at a time. We hear this all the time, and yet ignore it. I am not suggesting a diet of carrots and celery. I want you learn to eat fresh. Learn to cook. Start today with a change in your lifestyle. Don’t put it off until tomorrow! At your Celebration today eat moderately. Try having new treats like:
- Watermelon or any other kind of fresh fruit — leave off the sugar! Mother Nature put enough in there.
•Grilled chicken or fish OR if you have beef make it Angus Beef.
•Spinach Salad with tomatoes, a few pieces of bacon chopped, hard-boiled egg white, pepper and lemon juice. (I add a tablespoon or two of sesame oil.
•Have your alcohol but every other drink get a glass of water.
Don’t eat until you can’t move. Play a game with the children, that will burn it off. Put together a family kick ball or baseball game. Live like John Adams is watching! He as well as all the people who fought for our country through the years would want to see you healthy and happy.