I know that many readers find their way to this blog because they’re facing difficult, sometimes horrible situations at work. I’m not a professional counselor, but I also know that it’s possible to feel very trapped in such situations, and getting unstuck can seem like an insurmountable challenge.
Here in the States it’s our Independence Day, marking America’s 1776 proclamation of separation from British rule. For those who are feeling stuck in place, let me use this occasion to encourage you to do at least one thing every day that moves you in a better direction.
Do something, anything, so long as it is healthy rather than self-destructive and more freeing than constraining. The path toward something better may start with tiny steps or huge leaps, but going forward you must.
At least one thing, every day. It starts to add up, and while there are no guarantees, it may lead you to something much better.
Personal note: I took the photo this morning. After 19 years in Boston, I figured it was time to partake in at least one of the July 4 historic observances. I learned today that the actual first reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston did not occur until July 18, 1776. It took two weeks for a rider to deliver a copy to Boston and for local leaders to organize a formal presentation to the public at this very site.
To be honest, standing in the increasingly hot sun and listening to a reading of the complete Declaration, with its long list of grievances against the Crown, is not something I’d want to do every year. But today I imagined what it was like to be there in 1776, listening to the same document being presented, perhaps standing right where I’m standing. Pretty neat stuff.