An appropriate topic for today, as America celebrates Independence Day. Let’s break down the dictionary definition of Independence.

in·de·pen·dence noun ˌin-də-ˈpen-dən(t)s

: freedom from outside control or support: the state of being independent

: the time when a country or region gains political freedom from outside control


self–sufficiency, self-dependence, self-reliance, self-subsistence, self-support

dependence (also dependance), reliance

Related Words
autonomy, freedom, self-determination; potency, power, resilience, strength

As we pull out the grills, meet up with family and friends, relax by the pool in the name of independence, we need to remember the 200 children Hope for Hearts serves.  America celebrates 240 years of independence. Our children are going through what our forefathers went through, a fight for their freedom, a fight for the right to be self-reliant.

A toast to the children: We honor your fight. We support your efforts to better your situation. Cheers to your education, stay resilient and continue to follow your path to INDEPENDENCE.

Peace, love and freedom,

This blog was originally posted in July 2014. Updated July 2016.