Yesterday as I was celebrating my country’s big day I happened to be surfing the remote. I caught a swearing in ceremony of new citizens. We who are native-born Canadians and Americans come to take living in our great countries for granted, but when you see the look of gratitude on the faces of these new citizens it makes you think.
I am lucky to live in one of the greatest nations in the world. I enjoy freedom without even having to think about it. Many of these new citizens left everything they knew for a strange new country to avoid war, persecution, or other upheaval.
These newcomers made me appreciate what we in Canada and the United States have and too often take for granted.
So on July 1st, Canada Day, and on July 4th, Independence Day reflect on the good fortune we have to live in our countries, and celebrate with newfound insight.