Our Nation has suffered tremendously this year. We’ve come to a political crisis that has caused increases in anxiety and depression around the country. I googled “Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?”

“We think of July 4th, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.”

Today, our very independence and reputation around the globe is in question. What does America stand for today? What is important to us as human beings? When I’m challenged with important life questions, tea is always my first step. I brew up my favorite cup of tea and sit by a window. Each sip has a way of centering me. Each glimpse out my window connects me to nature and helps me feel connected to everything……every tree, every bird flying by, every flower and every person. I feel connected. I want to live on a planet where people value the earth and care for each other. That is my hope for America.

Perhaps we can no longer think of ourselves as only Americans, or Canadians, or British or Indian or Chinese or Japanese or Russian or German or French……… We are citizens of the earth. Without our careful attention, this planet may not survive. Without the cooperation of countries around the world, this planet may not survive. These frightening possibilities are real at this time in our history.

I hope you’ll take a few minutes today, on this 4th of July, and think about what is most important to you. Sit quietly with your favorite cup of tea. How do you want history to remember us on July 4th, 2017?  What can you do to help accomplish that? It will take more than a Tea Party to change the dangerous course that we’re on. I believe we are fighting for our very survival and that of our planet.