MJ and I have been watching the PBS series, Endeavor, on Amazon Prime. It is the prequel to the Inspector Morris series. Young Inspector Endeavor Morris is the protege of Detective Inspector Fred Thursday. DI Fred Thursday’s primary admonishment to his friends and family is to, ‘Watch how you go.’ I believe this is equivocal to our American term of, ‘Be careful.’ So, I throughly enjoy this admonishment and have inculcated it into my lexicon.
Nerves are rattled and stomachs are upset on both sides of the aisle as a result of our still not decided presidential election. Many folks emotions are on a razors edge! Patience is the loadstone for our troubled times. We are participants in a pandemic. We have had a presidential election in the midst of the second wave of Covid 19. Election Day was a beautiful day…and the day after the election is equally as lovely! Our nation is the envy of the world for our free and fair elections… The entire planet has their eyes trained on us to watch how the most powerful nation in the community of nations…is handling the counting of every vote of our citizenry.
All success is incremental! That would be the story of life. It is the work horse…not the show horse…that wins the battles, and climbs the mountians…and know every inch of the terrain of the valleys of life! Our time on earth is marked by many ordinary days and many hard days. The woman or man that will wear the clothing of the laborer and who will lead us by experience rather than rhetoric…is the victor at the end of the day!
During my tenure as a manager/administrator at Southern Illinois University @ Carbondale I humbly enjoyed a success in helping others…now and again… I also shouldered twice or more…setbacks…in my quest to gain needed and necessary work/life enhancements for wonderful people who were looking to me for a voice… regarding their forgotten needs! On more than one occasion I was marginalized and lied to… Even victory or gain for others…flelt like the accession of Mr. Everest…and every set-back or reversal made me twice as determined to succeed the next time!
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spent time in the Birmingham jail…but he did not give in or give up! ‘We’ve got some difficult days ahead, ‘Martin Luther King, Jr., told an overflowing crowd in Memphis Tenessee, on 3 April 1968, where the city’s sanitation workers were striking. ‘But it really doesn’t matter with me now, because I’ve been to the mountaintop…I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land.’ Less than 24 hours after these prophetic words, King was assassinated by James Earl Ray.’ The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.