It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done
I see the words in the title of this post every morning when I’m swimming at the gym.
Looking up from the pool, I see “It Always Seems Impossible Until It’s Done”, the phrase attached in individual white letters to the glass walls up on the second floor above me.
Of course, the words are meant to inspire people who are working out and have goals to reach that seem far off, like the New Year’s resolutions many people make.
But every time I see those words I think of how impossible it seems to imagine a world where all creatures are treated with kindness and respect by human beings, because the exploitation of animals is so ingrained, so a part of a human being’s experience of the world that it’s virtually invisible, even to most compassionate people.
And questioning this embedded behavior is generally not welcomed and is usually met with defensiveness, and at the very least, resistance.
But that’s how great changes always begin.
Imagine the resistance that was met when women demanded the right to vote or people fought to end slavery in the American south.
And what about when an end to apartheid in South Africa was fought for?
It must have seemed like an unattainable dream.
And yet Nelson Mandela, and those he inspired, never wavered in their pursuit of justice.
With enough people to fight for change, to know in their hearts that the wrongs must be righted, that justice must prevail in the end, the changes came, despite the resistance.
Let all who fight for a better world, for the light to overcome the darkness, for compassion and truth, never give up and never let go of the dream of a better tomorrow for humans and animals alike.
It always seems impossible.
Until it’s done. 🙂