The 4th of July is one of the biggest celebrations in our nation. This day in 1776 we celebrated the independence of the 13 colonies from Great Britain.
But for us sober alcoholics and addicts it denotes much more than the political freedom that was declared way back in history. For us, real freedom came when we threw away the spoon and threw out the bottles. For it is the day we reclaimed our lives. We stopped being slaves to substances and alcohol. We found that our new freedom allowed us to rebuild our lives. We could take responsibilties and follow through with them.
On the day we declared our personal freedom we took a major step. We were able stop going to prison. We were able to build relationships. To get married. To return to our families or to start building one of our own.
Many Americans I meet aren't that philosophical about the 4th of July. It's merely a time to celebrate. Maybe take a day from work and go fishing or have a barbeque. Do something fun. But out freedom allows us to do much more than that. We are now free to express ourself as we wish - as long as long as it doesn't hurt others.
If we look about we can discover the freedoms we have in our country that others don't enjoy. We can educate ourselves. We can build a business. We can become a benefactor to others. Our choices are unlimited.
Today my freedom allows me to make positive choices to enhance my life.