Our Moral Compass: The Struggle is Real

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe is just.”

-Abraham Lincoln

     “Never tell me the odds.” This is the favorite quote that Han Solo said in the movie Empire Strikes Back as part of the Star Wars Saga.  Han didn’t want to know what his true chances were of failing rather than succeeding. We know that in life, the likelihood of us enduring some sort of struggle or challenge in trying to accomplish a task, goal or mission is inevitable. Often times this reveals something we try to hid from others including ourselves: our limitations.

We all have things that we believe in, something we feel is worth fighting for. This may be for equal rights in education, gender equality or as simple as getting better lunch meat in the cafeteria. Whatever the cause maybe, we have to trust in our own abilities, qualities and judgment in doing whatever is necessary to stay the course in being the change we want to see in the world. We have to continue to develop and grow our abilities in self awareness and recognize what they are. By doing so this can only provide the necessary tools to support our just cause.

Abraham Lincoln faced this with the Civil War and the main issue over slavery. He knew that by going to war the probability of losing many lives was unavoidable but by not doing anything the hope of what he envisioned for the future of our nation would be in jeopardy. He trusted in the abilities of his generals, himself, and overall, the cause of what was being fought for. He knew that there was the possibility of losing the war but because he believed that this cause was just, he used this as a catalyst in enduring in the struggle to make a difference. Essentially he embodied a deep level of self awareness. He persevered. Whatever cause that you believe in, it is important to mindful of what those odds are, but in doing so never waver your support in what you believe in and what you are willing to fight for.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?

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