CEDAR CREST CHIROPRACTIC
LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS 1028 S. Cedar Crest Blvd., Allentown, PA 18103 • 610-776-2005 • www.CedarCrestChiropractic.com July 2019 Dr. Paul Braadt
On July 4, Americans celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Declaration proclaimed to the world our separation from Great Britain and our emergence as a new, sovereign nation. We owe a huge debt to the brave men who risked their lives to declare their commitment to fight for freedom for themselves and future generations. Their wives and families also shared this commitment and burden. As stated in their declaration, the freedoms we enjoy today — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — are embodied and affirmed in this historic moment. Although we value our personal independence, we are collectively part of a group called Americans. With freedom comes the responsibility to better our environment. I think our personal freedoms and the strength of our nation depend on our active participation in our families, neighborhoods, work environments, churches, schools, clubs, civic groups, and more. The Fourth is a great time to invite a neighbor to your barbecue, donate to those less fortunate, volunteer, and become more civic- minded in your community. Growing up in a family of WWII and Korean War combat veterans, I was always taught to respect our founding principles and our nation overall, particularly on this day. We raised our flag and prepared the barbecue and fireworks in celebration of Americans working together, despite our differences, to better our families, our communities, and our nation. This time of year also reminds me of the birth of our daughter, Michelle, on July 6, 1991. After running back and forth to the midwifery center
My father, Henry Paul, with my grandmother and grandfather
Fun at the Jersey Shore!
Time has flown by, and now she’s 28 years old. Wow! It wasn’t always as easy as it is now. But it was and continues to be one of the best decisions we ever made. Whether you’re a parent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, son, daughter, friend, or neighbor, it’s a good time of year to reach out to those who matter to you. Let’s put our differences aside, focus on our similarities, and reaffirm our commitment to our families, communities, and nation while continuing to appreciate our heritage as Americans. Happy Fourth of July and have a good summer!
with two false alarms, watching the Fourth of July fireworks from a hospital room, only to be sent home the next morning, endlessly massaging my wife’s back through the night, and walking around the block with an IV, we celebrated Michelle’s arrival early in the morning of July 6. I felt exhausted; Georgette felt relived, as many of you women can imagine. Once my daughter and wife were safely asleep, I barely made it home, drank a couple beers, and passed out on the couch. Whew! The experience of being a parent changed my life. It started with driving my wife and daughter home under the speed limit for the first time in years! I became more aware of my personal behavior, wanting to set a positive example for Michelle to follow. I reviewed my value system and what was important to me as an individual, a parent, and a citizen.
In knowledge and health,
–Dr. Paul Braadt
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