Keep Going

I have a favorite print by Nikki McClure titled "Process." It's hands pitting cherries over a bowl.

How I hate process, sometimes! I want the cherry pie. I don't want to stand in the kitchen for an hour, my fingers getting stained with cherry juice, and wait for the pie.

But, of course, there's no pie without first pitting the cherries.

I could say a lot about enjoying the journey--maybe putting on some favorite music or talking to a friend on the phone. Or trying to have a mindful moment with all the juice and the pits.

Maybe I'll enjoy the journey or maybe I won't, but the pie is still worth it. I like instant satisfaction and success. I like to know that things are falling into place, and quickly. I've been thinking so much this week about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., about the Civil Rights Movement, and how long and hard African American folks worked (and are still working) to see justice and equality. And I often remind myself of Dr. King's admonition that "Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."

I watched this video this morning--Barack Obama and John Lewis talking about MLK's assassination and the work that went on after that. Congressman Lewis describes some Klan members coming to him decades later and asking for forgiveness for violence they perpetrated against him. Decades! I always want hearts and minds changed instantly. That can certainly happen, but sometimes it takes decades. That cherry-pitting (and much worse, of course) goes on endlessly.

If you're persevering for something you care about, something that brings more healing, justice, mercy, kindness, equality, integrity, forgiveness, or love to the world--you are in good company. And keep going. That cherry pie is going to taste good for someone, even if you're not around to eat it.