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Celebrating the Courage of Leaders


July 4th commemorates the day in 1776 that our nation declared itself to be an independent nation, and no longer a colony of England. On that date, a number of citizens signed The Declaration of Independence, stating our determination to become a free country.

Our independence didn’t come easily; it was won after several years of war. Our first years as a nation were not free from problems, but our forefathers were determined to establish a democratic system of government, and the Declaration of Independence (together with our Constitution and the Bill of Rights) became the foundation for this. These articles have since stood the test of time, and on July 4th, we have the opportunity to honor and celebrate the courage of those leaders. It is because of the courage of our forefathers that we have the freedom to create our lives.

Our Forefathers Set an Example for Us to Live By (Are We Adhering to Their Example?)

Do we have the courage that our forefather had? Are we standing up for our freedom and independence? In our world today, many of our freedoms are being threatened. Our health freedom is but one example. Health freedom is a concept based on the belief that medicine, as it is practiced in the US, is a narrowly defined modality, and that individuals have the right to seek other forms of health care that may not fall within the definitions and scope of conventional medicine. When the medical establishment and/or the government threaten to take away our right to buy vitamins and herbs, this is but one example of how our health freedom is being threatened. When the government decides that vaccines should be made mandatory for every child, even if a parent objects to having their child inoculated, this, too, is an example of how our health freedoms are being threatened.

My Role as an Eco-Mentor As an Eco-Mentor

As an Eco-Mentor, one of the things that I do in my work is to support people in making lifestyle choices that protect their health freedoms and support them in making lifestyle choices that foster their health and independence. Teaching people why and how to practice preventive health care is one way that I do this. Teaching people why and how to grow and eat organic foods is another way that I do this. Teaching people how to live a clean, green lifestyle is yet another way that I do this. Teaching people why and how to think outside of the box in order to solve some of our personal and global health issues is another thing that I do. We can’t solve the problems we are experiencing in our world today using the same mentality that created them!

Choices Determine Our Quality of Life and Destiny

Will you serve as one of the forefathers or foremothers of our time? Leadership in the 21st century is all about having the desire to make a difference. It’s about having the desire to create change in the world, beginning with yourself and the choices you make. The quality of our lives (and even our collective destiny) comes down to the choices we make each and every day. We make choices every single day from the moment we wake up, until the time we go to sleep at night. Some of the choices we make are so personal and routine that we don’t even pause to think about them. Then there are the bigger decisions we make, which affect not just us, but the rest of the world that we are an integral part of, including the planet.

Making Choices that Respect our Needs as a Whole

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be a victim of the choices that other people make who may not be conscious of (or considerate of) our personal and planetary needs as a whole. Making choices that respect our needs as a whole, doesn’t need to be difficult. But sometimes, it goes without saying, the circumstances (or the people) that are associated with our choices sometimes make it harder to make them AND stick with them! Having said this, I believe that people who decide and choose under difficult circumstances often progress the most in life, --while those who don’t get stuck. So what do you say? Are you willing to make choices under difficult circumstances that support you in reclaiming your birthright, your freedoms, and your true sense of independence?

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