Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 311; Exercise Your Right

View my ancestors willed to me
 Exercise Your Right

Imagine this; someone wills you everything you’ve ever wanted, but you never read the will.
In the United States, we have the right to vote. Unless you are the male decedent of a very wealthy aristocrat, (no need to check, you probably are not) someone fought hard for you to have this right.
Even though more people vote now than they have in the past, there are still at least 40% of the population that doesn’t vote.
Folks have their reasons and I’m not using this wellness and transformation space to talk politics; what I’d like to discuss is the need to exercise your rights.
Ben Franklin said lots of things; this one is truly important; “The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.”
I love this quote. It is a reminder that while we have lots of rights, the catching and getting is up to us.
Today, and every day that follows, I’d like you to start pursuing the rights that our ancestors fought and died for:
·         Freedom
·         Happiness
·         Education
·         Life and Liberty
·         And oh yeah, voting.

Enjoy this well-earned day and all of the rights and privileges that come along with it.
Be you, be well, be right.
Bertice Berry, PhD.

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