Sunday, April 18, 2010

. . . . . . Thoughts on Freedom

I cry when I hear the Star Spangled Banner. Every time. My heart swells with emotion at any song that reminds me of how blessed I am to live in THIS free country. Despite the political fights, the mistakes and "well-intendend" laws that go wrong, I love THIS country, the United States of America. Usually this type of post would be reserved for the 4th of July, but I am feeling immense gratitude today for the blessings and beauties of my life.

I just finished reading "A Thousand Splendid Suns" by Khaled Hosseini, author of "The Kite Runner". This book is not one you read, then casually set down and go on with life. It lingers. The words linger in your mind. The thoughts and feelings linger in your heart. Today, I am grateful for my country and for the freedoms that I enjoy, as a woman, in this country. Here, I am a partner with my husband, and we are partners with God, through the religion of our choosing.

What a blessing it is that our hard days are really so easy. Even my most difficult times, in the grand scheme of "things", are simple to overcome, when compared with the natural disasters of the world and man-made disasters that ruin countries and tear lives apart. I needed doctors, medicine and even miracles, but much of the world needs much more.

Here, I am truly free to choose...and for that I am grateful and blessed.

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Aloha Jodi... I love your Thoughts on Freedom. I have read the books and they are amongst my favorite reads. I agree the books are not casual read but stir the emotions, thought provoking and the words linger on in our hearts and mind. I read both books two years ago and still lingers with me today. I've encourage people to read both books. I plan to read both books again soon. I remember visiting Europe and the Middle East in the spring-summer of 1984...I remember how terrified I felt walking the streets in towns I visited in the Middle East. I've had some near disasteraous experiences and felt unsafe in those countries. I do remember once our airplane touched down at the St. Louis Airport cheers of applause broke out amongst our BYU Tour group. How grateful we were to be back home on American soil after being gone for two months. I am proud and grateful to be an American! hugs...Carolyn