Sunday, July 8, 2012

If At First You Don't Succeed...

"Children if you're tired, keep going.
If you're hungry, keep going;
If you're scared, keep going.
If you want a taste of freedom,
keep going." -Harriet Tubman
       This is Harriet Tubman's version of Winston Churchill's "Never never never give up.” And there are lots of ways to say it but the sentiment is the same.  We need to power through the hard stuff, the hunger, the fear and the exhaustion and we need to keep going.  It’s a helpful refrain whenever I’m tempted to procrastinate a project.  
       After Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery, she took at least 13 missions using homes in the underground railroad to help rescue more than 70 slaves.  If anyone understands the need to persevere though difficult times, an African-American abolitionist would.  Tubman is remembered as a hero for all those she helped to freedom.  She is also known for being quite bold when a slave was struggling to continue.  Tubman was relentless in reminding them that if that didn’t soldier on, they would probably die.  The legacy of Harriet Tubman lives on and her model to “keep going” through the tough stuff, is worth noting!