The Chicago Cubs: A Lesson In Perseverance


Last night, the Chicago Cubs did what many though they could not do. After 108 years, they won a World Series.

Theodore Roosevelt was sitting in the Oval Office in 1908. The Model T was just introduced to the public. The movie industry was in its infancy. The sinking of the Titanic and World War I were still years away.

While I am not a huge sports fan (especially when they are not a NY team), I still find this story inspiring. This team and their fans waited four generations to claim the title of World Series champions. It’s not easy to struggle for a prize or an achievement that comes so easily to others.

But the Chicago Cubs and their fans knew that one day, they would be able to re-claim the title of World Series champions. That night was last night and I can only imagine the euphoria of the moment and the coming days.

There is purpose in the struggle. We are not challenged just for the heck of it. There is always something to be learned from a challenge. This, I believe is the message that last night sends the world.

It can happen. It will happen. We just to have faith and keep working.

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs and their fans. It’s been a long time coming and a well deserved victory.

Disclaimer: the picture above is not my own and I am not claiming any rights to it. I am simply borrowing it.

Throwback Thursday-A Time To Kill (1996)

There are some stories that are so powerful, that they are like a literal punch to the gut. They are a reminder of the evils in this world and the work that needs to be done to right the wrongs that the evil has created.

In 1989, future writing megastar John Grisham published his first novel, A Time To Kill. In a small town in the American South in the 1980’s, a young African-American girl is raped by a group of white men. The girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey kills two of the men in retaliation for his daughter’s sexual assault. Jake Brigance and Ellen Roark are the white lawyers who take on Carl’s case. While Jake and Ellen are doing everything they can to keep Carl out of jail, the KKK comes out of the shadows and adds their unique blend of chaos and turmoil to the mix.

In 1996, the book was made into a film. Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock took on the roles of Carl, Jake and Ellen.

This movie both powerful and uncomfortable. It forces the audience to take a good hard look at the dark side of American life and the issues that we must face head on.

I absolutely recommend this film.

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