On this day in 1776, in the midst of a hot Philadelphia summer, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence as an expression of the grievances and resolution of the then-colonies. Penned largely by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration's opening paragraphs contains the famous sentence, "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."
Days like today are for the revitalization of our American spirit and for the the enjoyment of the freedoms which our great country guarantees. In the same vein, we also celebrate the independence which a life of activity and motion guarantee. Physical activity is one of the greatest mechanisms by which we can control our own health and ability. Choose today to engage with family and friends in physical activity be it games and sports outside or a fun workout inside. A day of jumping in the sand volleyball court is worth two days of leg workouts in the gym. An afternoon of cornhole or washers is worth an afternoon of shoulder physical therapy. A morning of frisbee or football is worth hours of occupational therapy for the hands.
Finally, as we celebrate with contemporary versions of the "rockets' red glare" this evening, may we all reaffirm in our lives the virtues espoused in the penultimate expression of independence, second only to the triumphal conclusion of the Revolutionary War: Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Happy Independence Day and, as always, keep moving!