Then 234 years later came an unseen challenge to those liberties called COVID-19, and a nation - no, an entire world - turned upside down.
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<<Mission Blog Home Posted: 07-01-2020

July 4th has always been a holiday that celebrates the birth of the United States of America.  A free people.  The institution of a democratic republic and a new nation built upon individual liberties.

Independence Day is traditionally celebrated with barbecues and fireworks, kids playing together in the summer heat, adults sharing a cold beverage and  enjoying a day of relaxation.

Then 234 years later came an unseen challenge to those liberties called COVID-19, and a nation – no, an entire world – turned upside down.  

People were required to self-quarantine, to shut down their businesses, pull their children out of school, cancel sporting events and public gatherings.  For three months and counting America came to a virtual standstill.  

The removal of these freedoms we all took for granted suddenly forced us to look at them with a new sense of value, purpose, and begs the question – What does independence mean in the midst of a worldwide pandemic?  Just writing that sentence makes the hair on my arm stand up.  That’s a question I never thought I’d write unless outlining a science fiction novel.

I coach my son’s baseball team, and the simple act of playing baseball seems so much more important today than it did only a few months ago.  Being able to sit in a restaurant and enjoy a good meal feels surreal.  Spending time with my extended family, who I was forced to alienate for months, has become a true blessing.

Celebrating Independence Day while grappling with a pandemic like COVID-19, allows me to appreciate the freedoms I enjoy today far more than I ever have in the past – because I’ve had a taste of what life would be like without them.  

I’m certain I’m not alone.  As Americans I hope that we remember this deprivation – even if only brief, so that we never forget how fleeting and delicate freedom can be if taken for granted.


Working Capital, Goodwill mission blog author
This article was written by: Brendan Hurley
Chief Marketing Officer


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