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I read this quote by Frederick Douglas the other day:

If there is no struggle there is no progress. Those who profess to favor freedom, and yet depreciate agitation, are men who want crops without plowing up the ground. They want rain without thunder and lightning. They want the ocean without the awful roar of its many waters. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

As we move toward expanding and creating new things, as we endure the growing pains that we sometimes wish that we could avoid, as we challenge ourselves to continue to push the envelope to discover what lies beyond, and to try when it would be much easier to simply maintain, his eloquence offers a welcome bit of confirmation that:

Change does not come without a fight!

What was and has been does not passively make way for the promise of what could be. It will cost to advance and you’ve got to be willing to pay the price.

Keep on. Keep on. Keep on …

Tomorrow is just beyond the horizon.


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