Speak Up!

I’ve always found that the introduction to the U.S. Declaration of Independence is an inspiring piece, especially: … “That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these Ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its Foundation on such Principles, and organizing its Powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness…”  

Now I’m not trying to encourage anyone to start rebelling against their respective governments. But the excerpt can really apply to our everyday lives just as much as it applied to the Founding Fathers’ everyday lives 200 years ago.

The men who signed that document were voicing their opinions and facts about and declaring independence from a tyrannical government. They recognized that there was a problem; injustices that were being carried out against the American people. So they decided to make a change. They chose to fight back instead of back down, to show a misrepresenting and oppressive system that it couldn’t control them.

The courage these men and many other Americans of the time period had is truly inspiring. I think it should serve as encouragement to do the same.

To recognize a problem or complaint you have, for the first step in solving any problem is realizing there is one. To be honest with yourself and ask who or what isn’t serving you, or is going against what you believe in. Whether it be a fake friend, an uncomfortable or hostile work environment, an issue in your community, an unfair boss. To ask yourself what should be better in your life really is the first step.

The second is taking that step. Taking action. Addressing the problem, focusing on the source and finding a way to dissolve it. Talking to the right people, bringing your complaints to those who will listen and work with you to help solve the problem. Taking the necessary steps to ensure you get the results you desire, and letting anyone who opposes you know that you aren’t going to back down until you’re satisfied.

To do this, you’ll need courage. The men mentioned above stood up to an entire country. If they can do this, you can stand up to your problem, however big or small it may seem. After all, it’s your right, your duty to do so.

A lady asked Dr. Franklin, “Well Doctor, what have we got: a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic,” replied the Doctor. “If you can keep it.”


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