Happy Birthday, Will Rogers
Today is the birthday of America’s wonderful “Cowboy Philosopher,” Will Rogers. There is an abundance of pithy and thought-provoking one-liners attributed to Will Rogers including this timely thought: “I don’t belong to an organized political party. I’m a democrat.”
Yet, my personal favorite Rogers quote has to be: “Even if you are on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
It’s easy to pontificate on the rightness of one’s cause. It’s easy to receive the back pats and fist bumps when engaged in a worthy effort. It’s easy to bask in whatever glow there is from being involved in advocacy that occurs on the philosophical “right track.”
Today’s advocacy lesson: Keep advocating. No matter how right and true and just the cause, one must be about the trying and the doing and the continuing so to do even and especially after a rough go. There are advocates who join and bring a needed passion and fire and then they are gone. There are advocates who stay with it for awhile and then it gets to be too much and they are gone.
Then, there are the advocates we all need…the ones who are committed to the cause and believe in its rightness as evidenced by their constancy and consistency. These are the ones who move the issue a bit further down the road. These are the ones who warm up on the “right track” and then get out and do some road work.