We are getting ready to celebrate Canada Day (July 1st) and Independence Day (July 4th).  Most are planning to celebrate these days with family and friends enjoying picnics, barbecues, parades and watching the fireworks.

Nelson Mandela Freedom QuoteWe have so many freedoms to be grateful for:

  • freedom of religion, of thought, of expression, of the press and of peaceful assembly
  • the right to participate in political activities and vote
  • the freedom to move around and live within our country
  • legal rights such as the right to life, freedom and security
  • the right to own private property
  • equality rights
  • language rights

There are so many around the world that don’t have these freedoms.

On these special days let’s take a few minutes recognize and acknowledge the gratitude we feel and how privileged we are to live in these countries with these freedoms and rights. Let’s send positive thoughts and prayers that there may be more peace and freedom for all and perhaps think of a way of how we can make a difference. All change starts with one thought, one person!

We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity. That the happiness of one person or nation is the happiness of humanity.”
~ Dalai Lama

What freedoms are you most grateful for?
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Comments (30)

  1. Reply

    I’m thankful for the freedom to practice my individuality, spirituality, and creativity in a free and democratic society where I am not persecuted by the colour of my hair, skin, or eyes. A free place where I am free to be me.

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    I am most grateful to have the freedom to pursue my own passions. Whether your passion is business, politics, food, parenthood, etc. there is nothing quite like being able to live and breathe what you love. I am blissfully happy to currently be able to pursue my passion as a mother and wife, dedicating my time to living local and eating healthy every day. I encourage others to pursue their passions, no matter what they may be!

  3. Matt


    I’m thankful for the freedom to think as I wish, and make my own mistakes and hopefully learn or grow from them

  4. Maryann D.


    I am very thankful for the freedom to move around and live within our wonderful country wherever I want.

  5. Ron


    Freedom of speech because if you don’t have that you are not really free.

  6. Rene


    I’m thankful for the freedom to own property and freedom of religion. I think that losing either of these would be quite a blow. I also like the right to raise my kids the way I see fit. Thanks for the great post – it’s not overly patriotic but really reminds us how lucky we are, all the same.

  7. Kim Barrett


    I’m grateful for the freedom of peaceful assembly. And, it’s true, I have taken it for granted.

  8. Vernon E. Warner Jr.


    I am grateful for every day I am alive, being able to practice my religion without malice from others, being able to help others in need and ask nothing in return and I am very grateful for my family, for without them I would be nowhere.

  9. Jeannette Laframboise


    I am grateful for oh so many things. To be able to learn what I wish to, have freedom to express myself freely, free to make my own choices regarding religion. I recently read a book called Escape from Camp 14, about one of the only North Koreans to ever escape one of their labor camps. The story was so unbelievable regarding what he went through and the fact that he had absolutely no freedom of any kind. Makes me mighty grateful that I do.

  10. stacy hancock


    I’m thankful for the freedom to choose for my family, to be able to homeschool, for my children to get to decide what they want to be rather than forced into one area.

  11. Saundra Bowers


    The freedom to `be`- to believe, hope, dream, befriend, dress and love what I love…

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    I’m grateful for the freedom to be able to make myself a healthy cup of tea using the finest quality ingredients that are currently available and allowable by law. I start with my Libre BPA free tea glass, add purified water (fluoride + chemical free with minerals intact – thanks to my special water filter), organic tea, with or without raw milk and stevia. As GMO crops proliferate, and as changing laws may limit our healthy food and suplement choices, we must be thankful at least for the moment, and enjoy our healthy cup of tea!

  13. Dorothy Teel


    I am thankful for the freedome to do as I want, to be responsible for my self, and the freedom to have as many children as I wanted and the freedom to love all seven of my grandchildren equally. I am thankful for education as without it we go no where. My oldest grandson graduated from high school this year, thankful for the freedom to pursue education and knowledge without restrictions and guidelines on what you can or cannot learn or study. I am thankful for the military service men and women who are helping to protect our freedom and helping other countries (3 of my 4 boys all serve or have served in the military from Army to Navy. I am thankful for having such wonderful kind daughters in law who do not mind sharing my sons with me every once in a while and they come to visit and make my sons and grandchildren happy. I am thankful for my hubby who provides for me and the family and I am thankful that we have Medicare, no matter how little it is as I was able to finally retire. I am thankful that I have cold tea in the refrigerator and it is Saturday and I have nothing special to do but reflect on why I am thankful.

  14. Virginia Sigsworth


    Day by day we here in Canada go about our lives with freedom in every aspect. Unfortunately we usually take it for granted, until we see what is happening in other parts of the world, then we say to ourselves …”I am thankful for the freedoms that we have here. ” We can wear what we like, eat what we like (& there’s such variety, thanks to immigrants from all parts of the world), do what we like (within reason) & even those of us who have very modest income, live quite comfortably. I am blessed to live in this MOST wonderful country …. Happy Canada Day!!

  15. Tara Gauthier


    I am grateful for all the freedoms that I have here. The ability to walk around without living in fear of war, famine, etc. Knowing my kids are fed and cared for. I am thankful for my grandparents having come to this country for our family!

  16. Gracie


    I am grateful for the countless men & women who have the courage & integrity to enlist in our military to serve & protect the United States of America. God Bess our troops & country.

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    I have benefited from the work of so many women before me who ensured that I would be able to pursue a quality advanced education, and to sit alongside men twice my age at the tables where decisions are made. I am grateful for the ability to walk the tightrope of working motherhood. As challenging as it is, and wrought with complications, I cannot imagine a life in which I had to choose between a career and a family, or where one of those options was entirely unavailable to me. Though I may make daily sacrifices to sustain it, I feel that I am doing such invaluably important work in both roles.

  18. chanti Holtl


    I am grateful to live in Canada the most beautiful country ever! now if we can just take care of it for 7 more generations! that would be ultimate <3

  19. Krista


    I live in a flood ravaged zone in Southern Alberta. Today I am grateful for my community–so many people care and want to help. I am also grateful that I live in a country that is able to respond in a manner that protects those who cannot or do not have the ability to move forward on their own. Today I sip some tea and reflect on the scope of this disaster and I’m overwhelmed by generosity and kindness and am thankful to the many levels of government who are working together to keep citizens safe and housed.

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