Not once, not ever in my life, have I had to worry about any Americans either formally or informally raiding my country with guns or bombs. Nor ever in my life has Canada been overwhelmed by waves of refugees from the USA fleeing their leaders.
And while I rant and fight against aspects of the underbelly of our neighbour, and will continue to do so, on the whole I, like most Canadians (I hope), have an ongoing, quiet love affair with so much that the States is, and gratitude for what it has contributed to my experience as a Canadian (or indeed a global citizen).
For NASA, which generously shares its discoveries and images from the deep mystery of space (of outer space!), Thank you!
For Frank Lloyd Wright, who brought such a refreshing vision of what architecture could be, and for the Chrysler Building, arguable NYCs most recognized building, with good reason, Thank you!
For all the American innovators who in my lifetime have opened the world to anyone with access to the net, the folks behind Google, YouTube, Flickr, Apple, Expedia, Thank you!
For the gutsy, lonely, on-fire-for-their-cause heros, for Gloria Steinem who forced the conversation about what it means, or doesn’t to be a woman, for Martin Luther King, for Malcolm X, for Dorothy Day and Eleanor Roosevelt Thank you!
And particularly dear to my heart, Thank you to the many business pioneers showing us it *is* possible to care for the Planet AND People AND be profitable! Ben and Jerry’s, Tom’s of Maine, Tom’s Shoes (no relation!), EcoScraps, Method … vive les social entrepreneurs!
Art of Contentment … so glad to have such an all-kinds-of-awesome neighbour.
Happy 4th of July!
photo credit: supa_pedro