Independence – Really?

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By Rev. Paul N. Papas II

7 July 2012

Independence – Really?

“The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.” John Adams wrote in a letter to his wife Abigail.

John Adams could not have foreseen that the principles of the Declaration are lost on the majority of Americans, and for that our elected officials are thankful.

Yes, he thought the 2nd of July would be the big day. We celebrate the Fourth because that is the day the final revisions were agreed upon and the Declaration of Independence was read to the public.

Most people like independence:

Many people dream of starting or owning their own business. In these really tough economic times where it is really difficult to find a job some have started a small business so just so they can feed and take care of their family.

Starting a new business is tough enough without adding the extra STRESS and costs heaped upon them by mountains of government regulations.

When I was young a lemonade stand was a good summertime pastime and good for a few dollars. Today lemonade stands are not permitted in many areas unless – even the four year old comply with thousands of dollars of regulations in order to get a permit. Permit – really – for a lemonade stand?


With the Executive Orders coming Fast and Furious it is why the administration can’t answer simple requests for information and documents. The administration can’t find documents and answer simple requests – they sure seem able to find the lemonade stands to shut down.

Maybe the sights are a little low for a lemonade stand and you a have a new way of making a widget that you are convinced everyone needs. You project your selling price to be affordable for everyone to purchase. Have you read all the regulations you would need to comply with – just so you can employ thousands and make a good income and what it would cost you?


You are one of the fortunate ones to come home from combat in one piece. You’ve put your life on the line 24/7 to keep our country free. You find your old job is not there and neither is the company you worked for.


The lemonade stand, the widget maker, and the returning veteran have many things in common, the lack of money is one, and STRESS is another.

Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.

Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to health problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and other medical conditions including mental illnesses.

Of course, if you’re not sure if stress is the cause or if you’ve taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your doctor. Your doctor may want to check for other potential causes.

Also, if you have chest pain, especially if it occurs during physical activity or is accompanied by shortness of breath, sweating, dizziness, nausea, or pain radiating into your shoulder and arm, get emergency help immediately. These may be warning of a heart attack and not simply stress symptoms.

Stress affects everyone in a unique way; there are several certain common factors. If you are experiencing: headaches; more frequent colds or flu; have sleep problems; have general anxiety; fuzzy thinking; feeling frustrated and are irritable; and/or have a lowered libido you may be experiencing. When in doubt check with your doctor to make sure it is not something more serious.

Your lack of true independence to create, establish, open and operate a small business to support your family creates STRESS.

You can deal with STRESS in many positive ways.

You can deal with the extra stress and costs heaped upon you by mountains of government regulations in November by voting for those believe in small government and very few regulations on business.

Yes, You Can have real Independence – Really – AND less STRESS.

Rev Paul N. Papas II is a Pastoral Counselor with Narrow Path Ministries (MA and AZ) and Founder of the Family Renewal Center 


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