Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Antiphonal Reading #561

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it's the only thing that ever has.
-Margaret Mead
From Singing the Living Tradition.

I don't believe in bandwagons. While I may sometimes give the impression of jumping on one, more often I make a decision after looking at and examining evidence that happens to follow the norm. Jumping on a bandwagon implies that I did so just to be a follower, in which sense I am not.

I am the smallest size group: one.

The world is not something that can be changed in an instant. All the changes that we see that seem to take an instant are really on the tips of icebergs, moments at the end of long preparations. I am working towards something greater, and when I achieve it, many people who didn't watch me get there will see my success as only the final step, as if I climbed a mountain in one bound. However, all those people who have made the journey with me have seen and felt and heard my trials and tribulations, known every time that I stumbled, fell, or started crawling when I could no longer stand, walk, and fight.

I am trying to reach something greater, and I invite everyone along to follow, but I know everyone won't; I certainly don't have any false illusions about that. Those who appreciate my struggle, and those who wish to flourish from their association with it will follow and try to profit from my struggle, but keep in mind: there is no true struggle but for your own.

You can try to ride on my shoulders to your goal, but we're not going to the same place. Better to walk by my side and gain strength for the journey than to stay weak from slacking off and not have the endurance for your own when the time comes.

Come, watch, journey with me. I'll offer my hand to help you up when I can in the hopes that you'll do the same for me.