A good friend recently added this quote from the former President Ronald Reagan to an e-mail she sent, "Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."
Now there's an orator and someone who could stir our spirits. A true leader who reminded us what we could become. I remind myself, from time to time, that it is I who create my own choices, either by action or non-action. As kids we see freedom as separation from situations we dislike. As we age and take on greater resposibility, we realize that our freedom to choose how we live our lives fills us with gratitude for the bounty that is our lives.