I have several books in my library of famous quotes thoughout the history of the world, and I ran across this quote today:
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet deprecate agitation, are men and women who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without the thundering lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many water. This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand!” — Fredrick Douglass
As I read over these words it reminds me of so many people that I run across in life. Most of us if given the opportunity to truly dream can paint a vivid portrait of what we want most of our time on earth. It may start with the material trappings of wealth, and also include the relief of debt removal, and of course the ever popular job optional. Many dream of vacations to exotic lands and the relaxation of a warm breeze off the ocean soothing them to sleep as they rock in a hammock. Many people want the freedom to spend time with those that they care about the most. To be a stay at home mom or dad, never to miss a recital, game, meet, tournament, drama, or a first day of school. To be able to counter act the negativity that our children unfortunately experience in society. To share invaluable time with our elders gaining wisdom, experience and cherished memories. To donate our talents to our Churches in meaningful ministries that impact our world.
All of this and more are available, but only for those of us that are willing to struggle. To want such niceties from life and not be willing to pay handsomely, reduces one to an Utopian dreamer. I believe that we have one of the best opportunities in the the world to pursue our dreams in TEAM Mona Vie, and those who learn to expect opposition, hardships, setbacks and overall struggle will demand their freedom by their willingness to endure hardness like a good soldier. What are you willing to struggle for in this quest for freedom?
See you on the battlefield in Columbus!