Today is Good Friday, and although I am not a deeply religious person, I’d like to think I am spiritual. This week, I found myself thinking about lost causes and what it takes for someone to turn them around. After all, who doesn’t like a good come back story?
Unfortunately, changing the world is easier said than done, it takes strength to stay the course when things are stagnant. Days can turn into months, months into years with little or no progress to show for it. It’s during these times inspiration can dwindle, creativity can fade, and what once seemed conquerable suddenly becomes one of many lost causes cast aside.
No matter if the obstacle is big or small, I’d like to offer some words of reassurance for those of you willing to take on the impossible.
Seeking out support from those closest to you; friends or family, or even complete strangers can boost your spirits when you need it most. Join a community online for encouragement, talk it over with those you love, maybe even take a kickboxing class to let out all that frustration. Do what is most conducive to your personality and lifestyle, without hurting others of course. Toughing it out alone is unnecessary, and the surest way to crack under pressure.
Others have done it
Take comfort in the fact that others have accomplished what was once impossible, and some are trekking the same path you are on this very moment. For example, if racist ideology wasn’t challenged by women like Mary Ann Shadd, and Rosemary Brown, countless black woman including myself would probably be uneducated, and may not have had the option to vote for a black person. Keep site of the good that could come from your perseverance.
Work hard but don’t forget to reflect
Anything worth fighting for doesn’t happen overnight. You have to be willing to work, maybe even role up your sleeves and get a bit dirty. But be careful, it’s easy to get suckered into thinking putting in work MUST mean you are getting closer to your goal. Goals are not achieved by hard work alone, a plan is needed, and taking some time to reflect periodically is important to ensure you’re still on track. Otherwise all that hard work is time wasted.
Don’t be afraid to adjust
After reflecting, sometimes your plan of action could use some fine tuning. Don’t see this a loss, it simply means you’re one step closer to finding what does work. It’s unrealistic to think you won’t run into some snags along the way. Be open to them, tackle them head on so you could move on to what’s important.
During this long weekend, I will be thinking about those who took on lost causes and carefully deciphered them so I and others could benefit. From freedom fighters to scientists who pushed boundaries, their altruistic actions meant greater choices and less worries for countless of people they have never met. I’ll also think about those who are in the midst of battling a lost cause, dedicated to turning that nagging problem into a solution. The least I can do is show my solidarity through my words. Thank you.