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5 Reasons I Love My Country (FFF)

Since today is Friday, it is the day I  list  5 blessings from the past week. Since I am also doing this “5 Things I Love About …” series and today’s topic is My Country, I am combining the two. Today I will write about the things I love, or am grateful for, regarding my country.

Several times on my blog and at Facebook I have expressed my appreciation for my country, the United States of America. I’ve said how blessed I am to live in a country that is governed by the people for the people. I have also expressed my appreciation for the men and women in the armed forces who fought for America’s freedoms and who help us keep them.

So today I will list 5 other things I love and for which I am grateful.

  1. Beauty. Natural beauty is seen in mountain ranges, forests, national parks, waterways and oceans, prairies, wildlife and vegetation from the west to east and north to south borders. Listen to John Wayne recite a poem about America’s beauty. We also have created beauty in our architecture (I.e. bridges and certain cities), art (housed indoors and outside), apparel and jewelry, and functional pieces.
  2. Creativity. Last year Americans filed 400,769 patents. This makes America second on the country list. We see a problem and figure out how to solve it, many times with an answer that hasn’t been tried before. Some American inventions are as follows: air conditioning, baby buggy, Barbie doll, baseball, blood plasma, blue jeans, cell phone, Coca Cola, Corvette, door knob, helicopter, Internet, Jazz, peanut butter, presidency, steamboat, telephone, television, Tupperware. Go here, herehere, and here (inventions by state) to read more about these and other inventions.
  3. Freedom. Our country was founded on a unique governmental structure and certain guaranteed freedoms for her people. Our country has welcomed a wide variety of cultures, ethnicities and races to America and these freedoms were extended to them as well. Because ideas, norms, and preferences of many different people have come into America, America has become a melting pot of thought and behavior. There is not one right way to do or think about many issues. In many cases America has been enriched.
  4. Kind, helpful spirit. Give us a disaster or oppression and we step in to help within our country and within our world. Our many governmental programs and charities give aid to many kinds of people in many kinds of trouble. Americans as a whole are not stingy with their time and resources.
  5. Work. I am appreciative that people living in America have the ability to earn a living independent of the government’s initiation and oversight. This country is still the land of opportunity where hard work, ingenuity, and perseverance pay off. Each individual is free to pursue their own (legal or course) passions without governmental restrictions.

Your Turn  . . . Why don’t you tell what five things for which you are grateful? Living to Tell the Story is hosting this weekly Friday’s Fave Five. To join us in the conversation, go to this link.

This is the 4th post in the “5 Reasons I Love . . .” Series.  Go here for the original post which explains how this idea came about. Tomorrow’s posts is 5 Reasons I Love My Church.

Click here for the complete list of posts in this series (scroll to bottom of the page).

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