Winston Churchill and KBO
As they say on the news, there's plenty of bad news to go around.
So I was thinking the other day about Winston Churchill. His foe was extremely tangible, an vicious autocrat whose regime threatened the very survival of the U.K. On the other hand our foe is much subtler.
When you peel away the layers what we are confronting is ourselves...every time we take out the recycling, turn on an electric appliance, go shopping, fill our cars with gas or use a plastic bag it is another tiny nail in the monstrous coffin of civilization.
Our economy is in ruins, our atmosphere is warming, our resources dwindling and on and on. So what do you do? Churchill liked to say "When you're going through hell...keep going" and this is sound advice.
Despite overwhelming odds and his personal battles with depression (the black dog) he is a towering figure embodying the resilience of mere mortals. But apart from keeping on going, he had a plan. It was a plan with several fronts that included getting the Americans to help and keeping moral up at home.
Recently I have been hearing people recalling the big plans of the past, the 'put a man on the moon' plans. Today our plans are mostly about not going belly-up. But we need bigger plans...man on the moon plans.
So I challenge myself to make big plans and not worry about how I'm going to get there. The plan is the thing, the way there will reveal itself step by step. Once we have our eyes on big plans we can look to Churchill for the necessary steps to execute on those plans. As he liked to say 'KBO' (keep buggering on) and that's what we should do too.