Friday, July 4, 2008

Personal Revolution

For us, and many families like us whose loved ones have served in the military, the Fourth of July means far more than a day off from work. Our son, First Sgt. Wayne West, served active duty with the Army National Guard as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom during 2004-2005.

Note this interesting exerpt from our 2005 Fourth of July post, quoted from David McCoullough's award-winning book, "1776":
By 1779, there were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington! There were no less than 21 regiments of loyalists - estimated to total 6,500-8,000 men - in the British army. Washington reported a field army of 3,468. About a third of Americans opposed the Revolution.
In our own way, each of us HYC participants is in a personal revolution to reclaim our health. With the spirit of patriots, we resist armies of temptation. With dogged determination, we refuse to give up ground we have already taken. Undaunted by fear, we resolve to leave a legacy of bodily health, emotional balance and spiritual wholeness.

Happy Independence Day!

Quote from 1776: The Illustrated Edition

1 comment:

Pattie said...

Hey Rebecca –

I'm behind on my reading so I'm just getting to your wonderful post. I'm so glad I clicked on the link about fear. Reading your son's speech about REAL fear was eye-opening. Boy, we do create our own realities, don’t we? The fears most of us think we face as we go through life are only in our heads. What is that quote: I have met the enemy, and he is me – or something along those lines!

Thanks for sharing. I hope you and yours had a terrific Fourth of July!