There were a lot of laughs a week ago when Jon Stewart had Barack Obama revise his famous “yes we can” mantra by adding the word “but.”
Today, the laugh is more like a whimper.
Mid-term elections being what they now are, the president, and those that continue to support him, could choose to feel defeated.
And that would be the first mistake.
Defeat takes place first in our thoughts. People voted in Obama because they wanted to see positive change from health care reform to the closure of the Guantanamo. It hasn’t happened as fast as the public would like, and it hasn’t happened as fast as Obama would like.
That’s the way it works sometimes in all our lives.
The challenge, as Winston Churchill told a class of young students in 1941, is to “never give in”.
Churchill went even further. “Never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never given in except to convictions of honour and good sense.”
In other words – hold the vision, until such time as the vision no longer holds the essence of you.
As we uncover the truth for ourselves, we see that what we held dear at one point may not be true later. Then we are not giving in. We are evolving.
To never give in means to stand by our convictions. To have faith in ourselves, and in that higher power that is always within us that knows the truth of who we are.
In this place, we dissipate all fear, and make room for more light to come in.