- S P A R K
New Orleans, Louisiana.
No matter how tattered, torn, worn, or faded something is... at its deepest core, it is... what it is. Even our own wrinkles, bumps and bruises, heartaches, and proud moments are reflections of the things that have made up our lives. And how we've handled them. Some days we may be flying high and proud. Other days we may be weighed down by a rainy day or a heavy heart. We may get tattered along the way but it is still important to possess a sense of independence, gratitude, and respect for where we've been in our life, what we've endured, where we are right now, and where we are heading. Even if we can't yet see just where that destination might lead us.
Could those people who declared 'independence' way back in 1776 have ever imagined our country as it is now, today, in 2009? Try to find a level of hope and aspiration for your own life. Be bold! Dream big. REALLY big. A few folks back, two hundred and thirty-three years ago did. They were also full of faith.
Have you ever noticed that almost all of the patriotic songs we launch into on the 4th of July (way back from a time, incidentally, of immense growth, change, challenge, and uncertainty for this young country) not only mention, but actually highlight, 'God?' "America, America, God shed his grace on thee." Yes. Have a little faith. Dream big. This IS the land of the free, the home of the brave.
And as life has a way of constantly testing us, we must be brave.
And we must have faith.
PHOTO ©2009 Wendy Hudgins