Living in America….I Feel Good!!!

Unknown-3  Across America on the 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day. Many, people sacrificed everything to build the country we call, America. On this day, all Americans should have patrotic pride to be an American and forget about political policies that are not going our particular way. We are very blessed to live in America!

In honor of July Fourth, author Todd Patkin has compiled a list of seven reasons to be grateful to live in the United States of America.

Patkin says, “his list represents aspects of our country that we often take for granted” (The Times and Democrat, 2015, para 2).  Listed below are seven good reasons to be grateful for being Americans:

* Our security. While attacks from terrorists (both foreign and domestic) have proven that the United States is not completely invulnerable, we do live very secure lives compared to many of our brothers and sisters around the world. Wars are not being fought on our soil, and our neighbors are friendly. Can you imagine what it would be like to not feel safe walking out of your own front door, or to live in a city that has been literally and figuratively torn apart by conflict? Furthermore, our law enforcement professionals are constantly on duty to make sure that our communities are safe, fair, and just places to live (The Times and Democrat, 2015).

* Our standard of living. Compared to so many other people on this planet, Americans live comfortable, secure and even luxurious lives. Most of us live in our own homes, drive our own cars, have plenty to eat and enjoy amenities ranging from smartphones to laptops to grocery stores to movie theaters (The Time and Democrat, 2015).

* The American Dream. It’s still alive and well. This is a country where you can do what you want, build a comfortable life and even rise to impressive heights if you are positive, honest and work hard. You do not have to be confined to a certain place or profession if you do not want to be (The Times and Democrat, 2015).

* Diversity. America continues to be The Great Melting Pot. Around the country as a whole, there is so much variety in terms of culture, food, background, beliefs, etc. Every person and family is different, and each person lives a unique life (The Times and Democrat, 2015).

* Medical care and education. Despite complaints about medical care and the education system in the United States, both are very high quality. People come to our country from all around the world specifically to take advantage of them (The Times and Democrat, 2015).

* Water. You can drink it whenever you want without worrying about getting sick. You can buy it bottled and by the case in many stores. You can take long, hot showers and baths. You can even immerse yourself in it if you go to a pool, river or lake. By comparison, many countries around the world have contaminated, non-potable water and/or have to deal with major water shortages (The Time and Democrat, 2015).

* The postal service. Talk about something we really take for granted but still rely heavily on even in the digital age. When you think about it, it’s amazing that you can put a letter in your mailbox and be pretty sure it will end up where you want it to go in a short period of time (The Times and Democrat, 2015).

Happy Birthday, America!

 

 

The Times and Demcrat, (2015). Seven reasons to be grateful as an American. Retrieved from ‪http://thetandd.com/news/opinion/editorial/seven-reasons-to-be-grateful-as-an-american/article_f7e3321e-e42e-11e2-b69e-0019bb2963f4.html

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4 Responses to Living in America….I Feel Good!!!

  1. Eric says:

    Hi Kim,

    It’s great to see some patriotism! What a great post for our upcoming 4th of July Holiday! You’re right, a lot of people don’t really realize the many great things we have in this country. When we sit back and compare it to other parts of the world, we really are quite spoiled. I think as born and raised American citizens, its no secret that we often forget what we have.

    I think it would be great to see a advertising campaign someday by our government that showcases how great it is to be an American citizen. The campaign could start off by thanking viewers for being a citizen and for all that they do to contribute to making America a great country. It could then go into explaining the points that you mentioned about all the great things we have in this country. If this was in the form of a commercial that was aired all throughout 4th of July weekend, I think it would go a long way in instilling patriotism in our country. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see something this Fourth of July!

  2. Kim says:

    Hi Eric,

    You have a wonderful idea! I think it is such a great idea, I would gladly join you and contribute my effort to such a great cause.

    Thanks for your comments and happy 4th of July!

    Kim

  3. Stephen Aguayo says:

    The Fourth of July used to mean a carne asada BBQ meal with the family and friends, and then fireworks later in the night. Some time in the past few years, however, my wife Liz has taken over the way we celebrate so that we can teach our kids how grateful we are to live freely as Mexican Americans in this country. It’s not that we don’t feel that gratitude during other times of the year, but the Fourth of July is the most natural time to express it. “Call it Independence Day,” Liz would say.

    Liz’s newer vision for the day has morphed into far more than a day off from work. She makes sure we actively observe the holiday complete with particular foods, clothes, and other rituals. If you think about it, to “observe” a holiday is a peculiar term. It implies that we watch others participate, while, in reality, we mean the exact opposite. When it comes to the Fourth of July, under Liz’s direction and enthusiasm, we are now 100 percent observant of America’s important holiday. Happy Fourth everyone!

  4. Tedria says:

    Hi Kim –

    Despite all the troubling events that have happened recently, we are definitely blessed to have the many benefits handed to us as an American. More often than not, we don’t have to worry about what will happen once we set foot outside our homes. We also have the privilege of having clean water accessible whenever we need it. Another advantage we have as Americans is traveling within our nation as we please. I know this may not seem like a big deal, but it most definitely is as other some other countries forbid their citizens to travel outside of the premises. However, with the benefits, I believe that there are definitely loopholes that determine the amount of control the government has over us. For example, yes we have education, but people obtain so much debt just to continue their education past high school.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Tedria