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The Freedom We Take For Granted


I call them butterfly days. They are the days when I find myself thinking about the freedom we take for granted so easily. It's the morning when you wake up feeling happy inside: a day when you seem to just flutter around without a care in the world. They are the days when no matter how much is wrong in the world, you just feel good. These are days to appreciate what we have; days of gratitude.

I frequently catch myself thinking about how blessed I am and in those moments I realize that I have stopped worrying about the little minor challenges I face just being a human being. My family is healthy, we are safe, we love each other, and we aren't afraid to say it. I have a roof over my head, food in the pantry, a car to take me where I want to go, and it just feels good.

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On days like this I find myself thinking of those in other places who are worried about dying because of their faith or political affiliation. I think of the soldiers, the men and women who fight for the freedom I enjoy and I think of their families too. I think of the sacrifices they are making so that I can enjoy my butterfly days without worry. And then I think about the foreign lands where our men and women are serving. We forget sometimes how lucky we are to be Americans. Do people in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria or so many other countries where freedom is so elusive wake wondering if today is the day they will die at the hands of a terrorist? Are their children forced to stay inside for fear of death or abduction? Perhaps they don't have enough food or the luxuries of running water or electricity. Maybe they are persecuted for what they wear or for what they believe. They may be political prisoners or forced to live in poverty. Perhaps by sheer coincidence they live in areas so isolated from technology or progressive civilizations that they feel like aliens in a foreign land. I think of them often and count my blessings.

It is easy to forget how blessed we are; to lose sight of the gifts of good health, the love of family, and yes, even the job that doesn't always reward us for all that we give to it.

So today is a butterfly day. A day when I am acutely aware that I have the freedom to flit around, to feel the wind on my face and the sun on my skin. It is a day that has erased all guilt about not running the vacuum or cleaning the toilet. It is a day to just be, to be me, and to be grateful for the awareness that being me brings. Butterfly days are all too rare but when they show up, they feel good. Today I find myself wishing everyone in the world a butterfly day; a day to dream and a day to appreciate the freedom we sometimes take or granted!

© 2012 Linda Crist, All rights reserved.

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Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on January 18, 2013:

Mary615, I hope you have many, many more! And you will because you have the right attitude. :-)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 18, 2013:

I'm having a butterfly day today as a matter of fact. I never take freedom for granted (or any of my other many blessings).

Voted UP.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on January 17, 2013:

Hi Chris. Actually you nailed it. It's all about the choices we make, isn't it? I hope you have a plethora of butterfuly days in the near future.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on January 17, 2013:

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Jim, thanks for reading. I agree totally. Even our worse days are better than the best days of many.

Chris Merritt from Pendleton, Indiana on January 17, 2013:

Excellent HUB!

Wow, those butterfly days do not happen enough....and it is just because we get WAY too caught up in our crazy lives to see it!

At least that is MY excuse! lol....

You made me stop and realize, I need to get more of those days back in my nailed it perfect!


Jim Higgins from Eugene, Oregon on January 17, 2013:

We are so fortunate to live where we do, even with all the dissension. At least we have the right to disagree with other citizens and even our government. Great remimder of our freedoms.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on January 17, 2013:

Hi CrisSp! I'm sorry your weren't feeling well and am so happy that my hub was a pick-me-up for you. Hope you will feel 100% better quickly. Thank you for the awesome comment.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 17, 2013:

Wonderful write! Just got back to reading (in bed not so well) but glad to have stumbled upon this as my first hub read of the day. You just picked up my energy which I think I've left down south yesterday. It was one of the most exhausting flights I had from Cancun, in which most passengers were sick specially children. I think, I got the bug --not cool!

I missed my flight back to Honduras this morning but still grateful because today at least I am free - "a day to dream and a day to appreciate the freedom we sometimes take for granted!" --

I enjoyed this read and I'm passing along the good bug from this hub. I also like the beautiful photo. Thanks Linda.

Linda Crist (author) from Central Virginia on October 23, 2012:

Thank you Deb. Rainy days are beautiful days too if you're free. Aren't they?

Deb Welch on October 23, 2012:

Very inspiring. Enjoyed reading. I am having a rainy day. Voted Up, Useful, Beautiful and Interesting. Thanks.

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