Who Gave You Your Independence?

by Joseph Ratliff

Today is Independence Day.

Aside from its obvious importance to America, and remembering the people who sacrificed to provide our Independence…I want to take this concept to a smaller level today.

I would also like you to think about who may have helped you gain some sort of independence for yourself.


Because I’ve realized that quite a few people think they got where they are in life because of what they’ve done, or what they’ve accomplished.  In most cases, that simply isn’t true.

Perhaps a friend introduced you to someone who got you your dream job…

…maybe, when the chips were down, someone paid your rent so you wouldn’t have to go homeless…

…or maybe, a connection you made in the past paid off, and in reciprocation, that person got you some other “leg up” in life…

Whatever the case may be, those people gave you a form of independence right?

Let’s take some time today ( in addition to the bigger purpose for today ) to think about (and perhaps reconnect with) those people that gave you your individual independence.

Have a great and safe Independence Day.