Could have been born anywhere, but I feel very fortunate that my birthplace was the USA.
Imagine for a moment how incredibly different your life would be if you came into this world in China, Russia, Argentina, Iran?
We came into this world with an incredible set of rights and freedoms. And it’s all because we were born in a wonderful country – the rest was up to us.
Yes, we are a nation divided, but let’s look at that for a minute. Although not perfect, a nation divided is also a nation that recognizes freedom of speech, freedom of the press and a true democracy with free elections.
So, our “bad” is viewed with envy by so many other countries.
I was very proud to serve this great nation in our military for over nine years and continued this service with a “government agency” for an additional seven. During this time, I was deployed and operated in some of the worst places on the planet.
Can you imagine waking up and your parents are gone (taken)? Fresh food and clean water are merely a dream? You can’t drive a car or must have your entire body covered up if you step outside? Worry that you will die from the next pandemic that seems to originate in your country every year?
There is a reason why so many people are risking their lives to make it to this great nation.
We have it pretty good here in America.
When was the last time you travelled abroad? And be honest, when you returned to the good ol’ USA, how happy were you? And that’s coming back from a vacation! This is a very special place.
Someone recently asked me, “When was the last time you felt that we were truly a united nation?” I had to go back almost 20 years to post-9/11. It took the worst attack our country has ever endured to come together as a nation.
It shouldn’t take such an event for us to come together again. We are among the most fortunate people to walk this Earth in the finest country in the world. Frustrated? OK. Disappointed? Sure. Angry – really?
Folks, we are so blessed. Let’s not forget how incredible it is to be an American. And let’s not wait for another disaster to draw us together as a nation.
So, give this a try – do something kind for a stranger this week.
And if you’d like to see another way you can celebrate America, and all that she stands for, go here.
God Bless America!
Former Navy SEAL / 4Patriots Contributor