Persevere No Matter What!

I recently read a statement that resonated with me. It says: Never let the circumstances of the moment supersede your dream. That statement struck me hard and made me stop and think: “How many times in the past did I let the circumstance of the moment impede my progress or stop me from doing something I really wanted to do?”

In honor of the upcoming 4th of July holiday, it struck me how our forefathers from decades ago persevered. They had dreams, ideas and a vision for a better life. And they fought hard to make those a reality. I decided to brush up on my history of the 4th of the July and want to share one excerpt I found. I hope you will take a moment to read it.

During the American Revolution, the legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain occurred on July 2, 1776, when the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of independence that had been proposed in June by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia declaring the United States independent from Great Britain. After voting for independence, Congress turned its attention to the Declaration of Independence, a statement explaining this decision, which had been prepared by a Committee of Five, with Thomas Jefferson as its principal author. Congress debated and revised the wording of the Declaration, finally approving it on July 4. A day earlier, John Adams had written to his wife Abigail:

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”

Adams’s prediction was off by two days. From the outset, Americans celebrated independence on July 4, the date shown on the much-publicized Declaration of Independence, rather than on July 2, the date the resolution of independence was approved in a closed session of Congress.

As we celebrate this glorious holiday, let us also embrace perseverance of our dreams. What you and I do today will affect future generations. What will happen if we persevere no matter what? Let’s make sure that our dreams always outlive any difficult circumstance in our life.

The team at Office Dynamics wishes you a safe and happy holiday!

Joan Burge

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