It’s still Inspiration Week here, before we turn our eyes to the serious challenges awaiting us in 2014 (and, yes, that’s coming–I’ve been working on posts for next week about inequality).
Because, see, I think we can all use some reminding in this new year, that these are not the first hard times. Instead, Sarah Hale did her advocacy during the period leading up to and during the Civil War–unarguably even more divisive than today’s budget battles.
And we are not the first to feel overburdened by life and inconvenienced by the need to advocate for our most cherished ideals. She had five children and no dishwasher, for crying out loud.
What she had was her ‘secret weapon’, a pen.
And being ‘bold and brave and stubborn and smart’, which I’m really, really hoping someone will put on my tombstone.
I love the pictures of Sarah writing letters by candlelight while her kids sleep.
And the part where my daughter always cheers, when “Lincoln said yes! Lincoln said yes!” (to making Thanksgiving a national holiday)
And how the book shows the waiting that is part of the advocacy process, too, an important reminder that we are not the first to struggle against our impatience, either.
If you need inspiration to face 2014’s problems, maybe it can be this: “never underestimate dainty little ladies”, with pens, and conviction.
Thank you, Sarah. We know we’re going to need it.