The Day That Everything Changed

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(Pictured to the left: Independence Hall, Philadelphia, the room where our freedom was declared)

“…the most memorable Epocha, 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 Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Those words were written by John Adams the day after the Second Continental Congress voted for the Declaration of Independence in 1776. What you might not know however is that John Adams wrote these words on July 3rd, not July 5th. That’s right, our Independence Day is actually July 2nd and not July 4th.

Our Founding Fathers stood up and voted on July 2nd to break away from England. That was their vote, their declaration. It was then handed over to a committee of 5, with Thomas Jefferson leading them, to draft a document explaining what they had just decided to do. It took 2 days to draft it and revise it, hence the date on the document… July 4th.  And most historians agree that the document wasn’t even signed by the delegates until a month later on August 2nd.  So which day is more important? The day they made the decision? The day it was written down?  Or the day it was officially signed? I would vote for the day the decision was made, but I don’t suppose in the grand scheme of things that it really matters as long as we celebrate the event, right?

I just think it extremely interesting that what you always thought you knew to be the truth isn’t the truth. And what we celebrate isn’t the day we made the decision but the day we wrote it down.

So now I turn my attention to how this relates to what you do in your own business/organization. Have you been putting off making a decision that you know you need to make? Well, if you need to do it, then do it. Quit dragging your feet.  Maybe you need to write it down, sure. And maybe you need to sign something to make it ‘official’. But heck, you gotta do what you gotta do. Make the decision.

And I can promise you that what you will remember the most is the day you made the decision. The moment that you stood up and set your mind to it. Maybe we won’t be shooting fireworks in your honor, but it will be day that you remember for a very, very long time.

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