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Independence Day 2014 – 3 Quick Thoughts on Freedom

garyAs we make plans for celebrating Independence Day and our Freedom, thoughts typically are with our family and friends, BBQs, swimming and fireworks. It occurred to me that very few people would take the time to read the Optima Blog this week. What a great opportunity to shift our focus away from work. Besides those obvious initial thoughts, I challenged myself to ask – what are the first three things that pop into my head when I think about the 4th?

The first thought that popped to mind is reflection on the extreme sacrifices our forefathers
(including the indigenous population and recent heroes) endured to provide for our version of freedom. Memorial Day can be everyday. As a direct result of those sacrifices we, as Americans, are free to do sometimes-crazy things, like swim with sharks in the San Francisco Bay. (Well, Dave Brown did it…I am exercising personal restraint on anything that involves me becoming the main course.)

The second thought was – what a wonderful country we live in. Imperfect as it is, I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else on the planet for more than a short visit. The USA is a state that permits individuals to debate even the most heated issues without persecution. A land that is so rich in resources that our attention can at times turn to matters that border on the trivial. Take comfort that we can be frustrated in the opposition to our individual beliefs while those in some countries live in fear of voicing their opinions. Too often we take our rights for granted. Are there other countries with similar freedoms? Certainly…yet in each case that I am aware of, the U.S. had involvement in preserving or creating those environments.

The third thought was the vast land we live in. The United States is home of a diverse climate, holding geographical treasures too numerous to mention. One could experience a lifetime of vacations without even knowing what a passport is!

I leave you with two quotes I believe dance between the light-hearted honesty and wonderful existence that is the American way.

“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” ~Erma Bombeck

“The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic – have always blown on free men.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

Have a great, extended weekend and celebrate Independence Day in Your Own Way.

About the Author
Gary Camarato is the Vice President of Marketing & Creative Development at Optima™ and has been in the Trade Show industry since 1992.

  1. July 3, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    Thanks Gary. Good thoughts, good balance, and nicely written.
    On a related note: Where did you get an M80?

    • Gary Camarato
      July 5, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      It is an H-100 – no teeth or beards were harmed during the photo shoot. Not sure what the origin. Like so many things worth having in life, it just showed up!

  2. July 4, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Gary: Thank you for sharing, the quotes you selected were awesome….I stopped and took some time to reflect. In the trade show industry for just about the same amount of time as you. The industry has provided me the opportunity to visit many parts of the USA, Canada and Europe. I have to agree, there is no place like home. Happy 4th of July. I love the USA.

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