Freedom is beloved in our country. The Declaration of Independence recognized that each of us has inalienable rights to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." And our founding fathers took that heartfelt belief and created our constitution, so we could live free, and in so doing improve the lot of our individual citizenry. They believed that talented, honest people could use freedom and hard work to build a civilization which could endure and prosper.
They did their work. They dreamed dreams, they shared visions, they organized and finally took steps necessary for the birth of our country. Because of their efforts we enjoy freedom from tyranny, freedom to select our leaders, freedom to speak publicly, freedom to work and own possessions, freedom to worship as we choose, and to organize into groups as we see fit.
Notice that we have more freedoms "to" than freedoms "from." Our founders believed in the blessings of individuals and their ability to choose, act and receive the fruits of their choices and actions. They knew that freedom without ethical decision and action could not survive, and so designed our government as a three branched system of checks and balances so that no single person could easily usurp power and damage the freedom of our citizens.
Our personal health has much to do with freedom and how we use our freedom in living our lives. To have life, liberty and pursue happiness we need to use our freedom to act effectively and so help us to create health and free us from disease.
As a veterinarian I know that healthier, better-educated clients take better care of their animals, so anything that improves our awareness and ability to improve health in one sphere eventually improves multiple spheres of influence. Truth works and free people spread the truth to help others.
As we approach New Year's resolutions, let's consider the following and how we can act for better health:
We can do these actions as individuals, as families or groups and increase the effects of our choices. We can do these things for ourselves and our animal charges and when we do that everyone wins. If each of us would seek, learn, decide, act, test, and honestly share our experiences we could generate an unprecedented health care evolution, and the consequences of such activity are incredible. As citizens we have much we can contribute.
And it is all a matter of choice and action.
Happy New Year!
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