You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. WINSTON CHURCHILL
Yes, we all have an enemy. Naming and facing your enemy is important. Why? Because it will help your growth and success and may even eliminate that enemy. James Arthur Baldwin, the American novelist, essayist and playwright said, that, “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” You have to confront what or who frightens you; what holds you back from growth. You cannot afford to play the ostrich and bury your head in the sand hoping that they will miraculously disappear. And there is no magic wand that you can waive to get rid of your enemies. You have to face them down. If you don’t, their hold on you will get stronger and stronger. So you really have no choice but to fight.
My observation is that it is far more powerful and fruitful to become a person with a cause than a person with a grievance. When you are face to face with an enemy, you are up against a discovery about your true strength. Because until you’ve faced and fought your enemy with every thing you’ve got, you’d never discover how strong you are. What frightens me most is how quickly many people settle to what they call their lot. A bullying boss or partner who frequently undermines your existence, racism, corporate slavery … What ever is yours; you’ve got to face and fight it. You’ve got to fight it with every thing you’ve got, even if you think you’d loose and especially when some conventional thinking recommends that it may be easier to roll over.
We’ve all heard the crowded conversation, “She’s deluded. Surely, she knows she’ll fail. You don’t fight an enemy with much bigger resources, with a superior education, an army of supporters … You’ll not win. You’d be crushed!” Wrong! My observation is that several other factors play into winning. The most important factor is what’s inside your head; your level of courage and self belief. But before courage, self belief and there equally important relations, there’s one critical step that you must first take. You must get mad. You must get crazy. Because nothing happens until you get really, really crazy. This is the main factor that will give you a chance of winning; a chance to make your and our world a better place. This is only possible, when you join the band of crazies, misfits and rebels, who made our world a better place to live, by their radical choices and actions.
The band of crazies, misfits and rebels such as:
- William Wilberforce, who tirelessly fought for the abolition of the slave trade and subsequently slavery.
- Irena Sendler, the Polish social worker and activist, who served in the Polish Underground as head of the Żegota children’s section in German-occupied Warsaw, who with the help of about twenty-four other Żegota members risked her life to smuggle out some two thousand, five hundred Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto, saving these children during the Holocaust.
- Martin Luther King, Jr., who fought racial inequality and poverty, and whose ‘I had a dream’ speech about his vision for the future of blacks in America, inspired the world and remains the cornerstone of the self image of many successful blacks in the world.
- Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus for a white man on 1 December, 1955, led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, which was an important step in fighting racial inequality in America in the twentieth century.
- Nelson Mandela, who against overwhelming odds fought for the freedom of his fellow blacks in South Africa and became a champion of individual dignity and freedom.
- Mother Teresa, who fought poverty and devoted her life to caring for the sick and poor.
Even our Almighty God fights Satan daily. My list goes on and on and on. So,
Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes … the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status quo. … You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things. … They push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the people who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do. STEVE JOBS
So, what or who is your enemy?
- What action do you need to take right now?
- What are you willing to sacrifice for victory? Are you willing to die for it? I truly believe that freedom, hope and peace are worth fighting and dying for on any given day.
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