The last few weeks I have been mesmerized watching the people of Egypt fighting for their freedom. It has been exhilarating, frustrating and scary all at the same time.
I wonder how hopeless they must have felt before they started tweeting. With an exorbitant unemployment rate and little hope of work I can only guess their sense of powerlessness.
Every change starts with a spark. A spark of “what if”. What if I could change things? What if I could alter my destiny? What if I could make a difference or change my mind or quit feeling paralyzed with fear? What if I could do something, feel something, think something different? What if?
Egypt has it’s work cut out for them. Yes, they may have achieved their first initial goals yet now comes the work: The long arduous journey to experience the freedom they seek in every day moments, every day decisions, with long-term results.
The journey is where most people give up. Because the journey is where you must stay focused on the goal, the prize, your intention. It is where you need faith, and support, and skills. It is where you must keep forging ahead regardless of how you feel or the results you do or do not see. It is where you must be persistent and focused and constant. It is the work of a revolution.
It is happening to Egypt on a grand scale yet everyone of us experience our own revolution when we decide to radically change some aspect of our lives. Sadly, it is during the journey when most people give up, compromise what matters or just plain quit.
It is the same for a country. Same for a congress. Same for an individual. It is the long-term goals, the living by your values, that is the tough part when it doesn’t seem to have any immediate benefit.
It doesn’t have to be that way. The definition of maturity includes the ability to put off immediate gratification to acquire long-term results. Egypt’s long-term goals are years away. They will need fortitude and courage. They will need a commit to resolve conflict with give and take. They will need to see the end goal as more important than any one power struggle now. Egos will have to put aside if they are to obtain the peace they crave.
It will take maturity to change Egypt. I send prayers to Egypt. May the people of Egypt give courage to the millions of oppressed people in the world. May they give courage to the people right here in the United States who aren’t fulfilling their dreams. May they give you courage. Let Egypt’s cry be your cry. Egypt is free. And I want you to shout at the top of your lungs: I AM FREE! And believe it!