If you have ever read any of the words of the men who fought for liberty, at any point in time, then you know how much they truly cherished it. The words that they wrote are so powerful that you can feel their desire and love for liberty. One of my favorite quotes, is one by Patrick Henry, “Liberty, the greatest of all earthly blessings- give us that precious jewel, and you may take everything else.” I have done an entry just on this quote alone because it is so powerful. When I read it for the first time, it changed my focus entirely.
Have you ever stopped to think of how many times a day you think about how others view you, or what possessions you have, or something else along those lines? I will admit I think about these things at least a few times a day. It is difficult not to be concerned with how the world views you but I found it becomes easier as you change your focus. Instead of thinking about how the world sees you, why not think of how those who fought for liberty see you? Alexander Hamilton, in the Federalist Papers, defended the people who would be living in America years after he was gone, or us, he said that if the government ever were to overstep its boundaries, the people would “be obliged to act, and in such a manner as would leave no doubt that they had encroached upon their natural rights.” He believed so firmly that we would never allow the government to control us yet that is exactly what happened. The love of liberty has slipped away from today’s society and we need to be the ones who ignite the spark so that others may have a desire for liberty once again. The weight of the examples of those patriots who fought before is heavy, but I hope you can feel as I feel when I read their words; not just the weight of restoring liberty, but the desire to do so. Once you have that desire, your focus will be changed and you will accomplish so much more and will impact the lives of many others.