We see the prize, the end goal. It is there before us in our mind’s eye, but it is not yet a reality. How do we get there?
We keep going. We keep taking the steps along the thousand mile road.1 It will not be easy. No great journey ever is. Does it matter if is hard?2 Does it matter if we have to go it alone? It doesn’t. All that matters is that we make it to the end. We do it for ourselves, and we do it for those who will come after us.
And so, we keep stepping to that brighter day. Over and over. We temper our bodies and make them stronger. We sharpen our minds and perceive what is in the mist. We open our hearts and gather our courage for what’s around the next bend in the road. Over and over, another step in our desired direction.
And when we come to the end of the road, we are going to look back in amazement at the beauty of what was once our struggle.3 Far was our journey, and yet we never lost our faith even in the hardest of days. The path was paved with blood, sweat, and tears, and not one ounce was lost in vain. For we are now more complete. We are more resilient.
Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs. -Václev Havel
It is time we take the steps to our brighter future. As individuals and as a community.
1Step by step walk the thousand mile road.” –Miyamoto Musashi
2Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations. –Oliver Goldsmith
3One day, in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful. –Sigmund Freud