Gratitude Journal - My Homeland

In school, at the start of every day, my classmates and I would press our right hands over our hearts and recite the Pledge of Allegiance:
I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, 
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 
In History class, we learned about America being the greatest country the world has ever known.
I graduated from school, bright-eyed, fully believing that.  I still believe it.

But as I grew older, I began reading on my own.  I learned more and more about events in our country and the world abroad:  Slavery.  Racism.  Foreign Affairs.  Drones.  Tuskegee Experiments.  Being known as "Dumb Americans."  Worship of the Almighty Dollar. ...Things that make me heartsick.

If I'm not careful, I can easily get discouraged over it.

But when I do get sad about it, I remember 3 things:

#1)  Liberty.  My unalienable rights are given to me by my Creator.  I am grateful that no one can take them away from me.  Plus, I still live in the freest country in the world (is freest a word?), and I get to celebrate and express my freedoms here.  An enormous gift.

#2)  Making the world a better place doesn't begin with politicians.   I can make the world a better place, starting with the people closest to me.  The dark stuff gives me a deep resolve to keep shining.

#3)  This world is not my home.   My citizenship is still in Heaven.

I am thankful for true freedom. β™₯
That's where my allegiance is.   

What do appreciate most about your citizenship?