Make no mistake, forces want to keep you here.
Big stuff. Politics. Media spreading fear like wildfire. Fake friends. Enemies.
People you don’t even know.
Small stuff. Fear. Doubt. Questions. The Lure of Passivity. The Lore of Passivity. It’s just easier to be lazy. Recline. Relax. Check out that app. Scroll through social media. Do anything but this.
Then one day you make a move and you realize these forces won’t just sit back and take it. No, they’ll organize. They’ll start an offensive. Small things pop up. Debt, accidents, things to be fixed and adjusted. Illness.
What these forces don’t realize is that they are priming you for greatness.
Nothing valuable comes easy. Change is not overnight. Change is one small victory, one choice at a time.
People need to hear you.
Because hate is real. Fear is real. Adversity gives power to some and tries hard to take power from others.
Until you stand up.
For those who can’t. For those who are beaten down and living in fear. For those who are suffering and struggling.
Courage pulls you out of comfort. Courage brings challenge. Challenge makes comfort sound so nice. Then you find yourself at a crossroads. Keep the circle going or break it.
Because someone is watching you. A child, a spouse, a coworker.
You choose how you respond.
Here’s a secret: Life is demanding your choice.
Poverty, racism, struggle, pandemic, fear. Forces waiting to play off what they create. If we don’t be careful we’ll respond without thinking, act without consideration, speak without hesitation and we’ll lose.
Choose your response. Choose how you see your moments. Choose the meaning inside them.
And when you do, choose compassion. Choose Love. Serve. Give.
Create community. Create family. Break chains. Show the world things can be different and you will not stand for the old way any longer.
From now on.
You stand up.