Saturday, July 4, 2020

PTSD Patrol: Declaring Independence From Its Oppression

PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
July 4th 2020

Reading Thomas Paine The Crisis it is easy to see that "tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered" but we know it can be.
"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated." 
Today, July 4th, this nation celebrates the freedom that was obtained by those who risked their lives and paid the price on the battlefields across this land and all those who we willing to pay the price so that it could be retained. 
"We hold these truths to be self evident...." in the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, and very true words when applied to the "pursuit" of your happiness. The Declaration of Independence was the beginning of the fight for freedom from oppression. Achieving it did not happen over night.

The dream of freedom began long before July 4th 1776 when the document was established. The war did not end until the British troops were removed in 1782. There were 213,000 in the Continental Army.
The Declaration of Independence 
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." 
Your "self-evident" truth is that you are endowed by your Creator with everything you need to live a happier life and pursue a better future.

Abraham Lincoln called The Declaration of Independence “a rebuke and a stumbling-block to tyranny and oppression.” Now you are building a future when you can be independent from PTSD controlling your life.
"...Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world..."
Declare this day as the day you begin your fight to be free of the oppression of PTSD. 
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor."
 You cannot cure it but you can defeat it and it will remove forces that had been controlling your life! Remove this yoke and lighten the load you are taking on your journey. 

Begin this day with getting the burden off your back, and learn how to forgive. Healing is a time that does not have to try your soul!

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