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What is the “American Dream”? What does it mean? 

I think many would describe it as the opportunity to use all the potential that you have to become something great. I think others see it as the opportunity to have a big house, lots of land, and maybe even a few weeks of vacation.  Some people see it simply as the opportunity to have freedom… freedom to express yourself, to choose your life career, the freedom to be what you believe God made you to be.

These are all amazing things and in the history of the world we live at a time when these freedoms are more available around the world than any other time in history. What was coined as the American dream has become a reality across the world. Sometimes I literally sit down in a lounge chair with my favorite drink and contemplate that. Basking in the sun, and just enjoying this amazing world that God has given us.

Which brings me to something I want to ask you. Do you ever just live in the “dream”? I believe we often live our lives pursuing the dream. We become anxious. It’s easy to feel this when so many things aren’t going our way. It’s easy to feel this way because sometimes even when most everything is going our way we focus on the things that are not.

You know what is hard? Taking a day off.

I can tell you this right now that if you can’t take a day off you are not living the American dream. Our bodies were not made to work seven days a week. Honestly if you are able to take that day off I guarantee you will be more effective and efficient for the other six days.  If you have a day that is off limits it will also let people know that you are in control of your life. And let’s face it. If you can’t take a day off you are not in control. You’re just juggling.

So as the 4th approaches I’m challenging you to enjoy it. Think about what it represents and take the time to live in that. Don’t let your life pass you by without taking time to live in it!

-Daniel Sanchez

Furniture Designer, Artist

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