Ripples v5.25: Independence Ripples!



The U.S. Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness–only the pursuit of it.
You have to catch up with it yourself.
-Benjamin Franklin, submitted by Anne D., Richmond VA


I will not die an unlived life.
I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire.
I choose to inhabit my days to allow my living to open me,
to make me less afraid, more accessible,
to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance;
to live so that which came to me as seed
goes to the next as blossom
and that which came to me as blossom, goes on as fruit.
-Dawna Markova, submitted by Jay E., Madison WI


I hope you can celebrate the upcoming holiday by pursuing happiness
with zeal! Do something nice for someone else, and do something
extra nice for YOU! Happy Fourth!


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