“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Good morning, friends. I hope our disconnect did not negatively affect you yesterday; I was celebrating Christmas with my birth family in a disconnected tech home! Yet we did connect in love, and I hope you are so connected, too. Back to the grindstone…
In honor of the holiday yesterday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have selected one of his more inspirational quotes. Why this one? As I read through a list of his quotes this one smacked me right between the eyes. Perhaps it chose me. We’ll see.
One of the most prevalent narratives I encounter is the desire for something different in life but the unwillingness to change. Folks (me included) want better health yet hesitate to make the life changes to achieve it. Folks want better job satisfaction but hesitate to make the personal changes that improve the odds. Folks want better relationships but hesitate to make the emotional investments and sacrifices to create them. Whatever it is we want, if the achievement is not easily attained, the outcome is all but forgotten. I’m not pointing a finger at you; I’m lamenting this reality with you. Are we doomed to lives of quiet mediocrity?
I wish I had a silver bullet manufacturing business so I could sell simple solutions and be rich. Change is anything but simple and certainly inevitable. How do we ride the wave of change and influence the outcomes we seek? The only solution in which I have confidence is to begin to move in the direction of desired change and to accept that only time and constant commitment will give us a chance. It’s easy enough to imagine the change you want; we all have them. Are you willing to begin the long walk uphill in that direction? It’s the only way I know and I know if you're committed you'll get there. Let me know when you’re ready to begin the walk. I’ll be there with bottles of encouraging water for you. Have a great week.
Philemon (all 25 verses!