Last week was the 4th of July; a time for picnics, fireworks and parades to celebrate our nations independence. It got me thinking about the true nature of freedom.

One of my favorites quotes is by Victor Herbert “The last of human freedoms- to choose one’s attitude in any given circumstance, to choose one’s own way.

Think about it: to choose one’s attitude, perspective or thoughts in any situation. Victor knew the power of choice, to choose what to focus on instead of reacting to events. He came to this conclusion while living in a Nazi concentration camp. He realized while his body was imprisoned, his mind was free. He chose to focus on the beauty amidst the ugliness; a radical example of the minds power of choice.

There is much ugliness in our world today and it can be overwhelming. It is easy to see what is wrong or broken and feel overwhelmed.

In order to be free, you need to take action where you can, that is part of living in a democracy. Then, you must choose your attitude as consciously as you choose your friends because the influence of the former is more powerful.

Choose to believe in the indomitability of the human spirit that rises up in adversity. Choose to see the strength of everyday people to make a difference. Choose to allow your higher self, intuition or spirit to show you beauty of our world.

Resist the negativity around you or it will overcome you and you will doubt your ability to make a difference.

Remember what Margaret Mead said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”