Any one out there like the Moody Blues? I mean, the 1970’s Moody Blues. Days of Future Passed; Every Good Boy Deserves Favour; Nights in White Satin. The classic stuff.
I used to listen to them so much as a youth, influenced by my older brother and sister and their music tastes. And, luckily, they had excellent taste in music. I have been listening to one of the classic CD’s lately, and the song “The tortoise and the Hare” is on it. And, I have been compelled to listen to it over and over again. Then, I kind of thought about how it is a theme in my life that I wanted to write about.
The first area that I find this recurring theme is in how I conduct my daily living. When I feel pressured, and rushed, or not just going at a reasonable pace, I burn out quickly and get farther behind anyway. I make more mistakes, I misjudge, and sometimes I even get hurt because I am not paying full attention. Speed does not work in my favor here. Being slow, steady, and vigilant always seems to serve the purpose.
Unless, that is, I am sprinting as my life event, in which case immediate, accurate speed would be on my side. Luckily, I am not called upon to participate in such an activity very often.
Today, this theme continues to play out in my mind in the aspect of activism and justice. I am thinking about Martin Luther King, Jr. I am thinking about Ghandi. I am thinking about Rosa Parks and Caesare Chavez and all of those whom fought so hard for change, but it was years in the making.
I am an activist, but I have to be a patient activist, and I have to be a hopeful activist. I need to be the tortoise, even when I want to be the hare. I need to keep my eye on the goal, I need to work steadily toward that goal, I need to take my friends and supports with me, and never waver from what is most important; justice and liberty for all.
I believe that the dissenters, in terms of civil rights and justice for LGBT persons and other oppressed people, those dissenters are the hares in this race for justice. They want change in a hurry, maybe in a bigger hurry than us. They can’t wait, because if they waste any time, people that aren’t sure about their views might just change their mind. They need to act quickly, those dissenters of ours, because this country changes quickly, and if they lose sight of their goal and change is not immediate, they stand the risk of us getting the civil rights that we deserve.
So, we must continue to be the tortoise. Focused. Ready. Steady. Slow. Patient. Resilient. Keeping our shells intact and ready for the hits.
And hopeful. Forever hopeful. Change is coming.