This week I’m taking a break between themes to allow you, my dear American friends, to celebrate and express gratitude for the freedoms won from us, the British. Believe me, there’s no regrets about that over here in the UK. The British forgave you for that a long time ago. In fact, most people here don’t even know America was once a British colony. Those that do say we love you all anyway, we remain intimately connected with you and, for the most part anyway, we think that you’ve done a great job managing it for the betterment of the world. So you are welcome to it. But we are a little afraid that the American Dream has come under threat and many of your hard won freedoms are being slowly eroded. Don’t blow it, you guys! Stay awake!
Thankfully, as national celebrations go, July 4th celebrations in America are joyful and family oriented: no power-crazed parades of weaponry and military might, just family picnics and comforting the young ones through the seemingly interminable wait for it to get dark enough for fireworks. Here in England, we watch the tennis at Wimbledon oblivious to any meaning attached to July 4th.
No matter where you are in the world, be thankful for your freedoms—especially those you have found through forgiving yourself and forgiving others. Freedom truly begins with you.