Words of the great Frederick Douglass
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters.”
Lee Clark Allen’s reflection of Douglass’s words as it pertains to his life and aspirations:
To work is to breathe. To work well is to breathe easily.
Because I am aware of these truths, I work harder, think critically, learn willingly, pray harder, celebrate others so that I may be comfortable in celebrating myself, love forever, and forever ask for help.
To struggle, do not distract me too much so that I could miss God and his Son standing beside me in the mist in affirmation. Agitation, help me build character and patience so that I lack none. To the plow and the callouses on my hand, help me leave tracks of a true pioneer so that I cultivate another individual’s faith in the process. To the hard ground that yields resources, help me cultivate and expand my own faith that hard things can yield the Earth’s greatest blessings and resources. To thunder and lightning, help me lessen my flinch in the face of adversity and help me cast the light you cast, lightning, as I am planted in my city on a hill. To salt, don’t let me get dehydrated! To the awful roar of any situation that can be vexing, train me to welcome you in, but still have total authority over my actions. Because if there is no struggle, there is no progress.
Closing with Langston Hughes’s “Harlem,” he pens, “What happens to a dream deferred?” The blessing is that, despite the struggle, the dream is still present. Accept the struggle and acquire the dream! Happy Holidays everyone, and much love!