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You Have A Choice To Make

We have a choice each and every day to be people who stand up for what is right. We have the choice to sit on the sidelines and criticize people in the game or be in the game working our ass off; even when we come up against failure and uphill battles. We have a choice to be resilient and fight or cower and run. And while we all need to exercise our right to vote and make those choices on November 6th, we also need to exercise our choice and free will every day. We need people to stand up every chance they get. We need them in the mess, ugliness, and uncertainty of every day, working to turn it all around. I know that it is daunting. It is not easy. It can feel like getting knocked on your ass more often than standing up at times. But how do you think change happens? It happens with resilient, passionate, humble, decent people choosing to stand up.

Making a choice to step up and create change in this world can mean so many things, big and small. It is being there when no one else is. Listening to someone’s struggles and offering advice. Committing yourself to showing integrity at work or in your life, even if others don’t always do it. Being the one person who believes in someone even when it feels like no one else does. Being generous with our time and heart, being kind. It can be our words and our actions that change a life. And like dominoes, when we choose to get in the game and make a positive impact on the lives around us, those affected will turn and do the same for someone else, and on and on it goes.

Why do some people stay on the sideline even when they see something that needs to be changed? Because it is easier for us to believe that we have no power and sit in the solace of that idea. We can convince ourselves that we can’t do anything, so why even try? Let me be clear, that is a load of shit we tell ourselves each and every day. Yes, most of us are in a position with people over us and people we have to answer to. Yes, we are one citizen among millions. Yes, it can be easier to live in our comfort zone than to step outside of those lines. But to say that you and I can’t change this world, even a little bit at a time, is a lie that will keep us on the sidelines and our asses need to be in the game.

Some people feel like they have spent their whole life or their whole career fighting. Some people see the state of the world, the country, their city, their work place or even their family and they see the battles to be fought. And most of the battles seem uphill and never ending. There are days we want to throw our hands in the air scream “SCREW THIS”, crawl in to a deep hole and just stop fighting. But the reason the warriors can’t stop is because they also have an innate sense of when things are wrong and they know it is on them, in part, to try and make it right. They don’t believe in toeing the line if it means standing back and watching, they want to be a part of making change happen. They know that even the smallest change can make a huge impact. These are the people fighting rarely for themselves but almost always for others. Will there be failure and possible judgment? Yes. Will there be times we get tired and want to quit? Yes. But we need more warriors in the game now, making choices to stand up for what is right, and fighting to change the world. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Don’t sit on the sidelines. Get in the game.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly