Ideals are like the stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them.
“Hear me now
Oh thou bleak and unbearable world,
Thou art base and debauched as can be;
And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled
Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!”*
The most potent time for persistence is when it all appears lost.
Keep going, keep going if you fall, rise and go on no matter the cost.
Feelings of helplessness will fade if we act.
Win, lose or draw that’s an absolute fact.
The best time for hoping is when all hope seems gone.
Summon valor lying dormant within; shake off timidity and boldly press on.
Expecting the best, while facing the worst enables the best we ever have on the earth.
When disaster looms and no help appears, it is then and there that we prove what we’re worth.
Whenever a daunting challenge hurtles your way,
genuine courage can still save the day.
If it seems you’ve run out of ideas, reach deep inside and call on ideals.
Forge ahead resolve strong as titanium steels, savor how fine allegiance feels.
When all is but lost, one can only gain.
Reject doubts, disregard qualms, and surmount any pain.
Fortitude is how you prove you have what it takes.
And show you are ready and willing to play for huge stakes.
Weariness, frustration, and distress are strongest when the nearest the goal.
Believe in your cause and draw strength from your soul.
Get busy, keep fighting do not ever give in!
As it’s darkest before the dawn, it’s most desperate before the win.
So, hear me now.
You though truly a bleak and unbearable world,
As base and debauched as any world can be;
Are knights errant with our banners so bravely unfurled
Now pledge our lives, fortunes, and honor to reviving thee!
*From The Man of La Mancha – Don Quixote
America and the world once had knights who would daringly commit their lives, fortunes and honor to revive this bleak and unbearable world. Political leaders and private citizens who refused to acquiesce to either a base and debauched world or a callous and cruel society. May we see their like again and see them soon. If not us, then whom will it be? If not now, then when will we act? As Dr. King truly said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” The video shows several of these knights some famous and some obscure, but all having their banners so bravely unfurled.
The dream is not impossible; it is imperishable.
Our hallowed ideals express and energize our better selves. In the end any hope we have of personal and societal fulfillment lies in ceaselessly striving to achieve what we may never fully achieve.