Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!

This morning I played an interesting gig. It was a small orchestra for an outdoor Citizenship Ceremony. 131 people from all over the world became American citizens today in the small town of Keene. After what I am sure has been years of trials for each of these individuals, all they had to do today was to take an oath of citizenship which included renouncing all ties to their home countries.

It makes you think a little. We worry about the high gas prices, the cost of goods on the rise, health care, what crazy politician is going to be leading our country in the next few months and all of the other things that we consider important. However, we must remember that there are people all over the world that want to live here. Why? Because we have it better than most. We don't have to worry about getting from our house to the grocery store and getting shot at. We don't have to worry about the military coming in and taking over our homes. We don't have to worry about what other people think when we walk into any particular place of worship. These are the things that we should be thankful for.

So many others want what we have. As a country, we certainly need to learn how to humble ourselves in the face of the rest of the world and be thankful for all that we have.

BTW: Happy July 4th Nonchalant Savant! I'll set off some fireworks in your honor tonight.



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