All is Not Lost

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Annie Peterson | Civil Patriot

I’ve been thinking about a personal experience I went through a couple dozen years ago. It was hard. . .seemingly impossible. At the time I couldn’t see a way out. I honestly felt hopeless. 

Time has given me a different perspective. Here I sit, nearly 12 years later, with my life reshaped, refocused, and reinvented. Had it not been for the crisis of faith I struggled through back then, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I’m stronger, more experienced, and better capable of facing the battles ahead because of what I’ve been through. In fact, I wouldn’t change any of it. 

That’s how I’m trying to look at the events in our nation over the past few days. There’s been a shaking for conservatives, one that many didn’t see coming. Much of it has been unfair, misrepresented, frightening, and demoralizing. It has changed perceptions of right and wrong for some and has confused others. It has served as an unwanted distraction, and, in the midst of it all, done the very thing I hate most, brought even more division in an already-divided country. (The mama in me hates it when the kids don’t get along.) 

So, now what? Do we conservatives give up? Roll over and say, “Whelp, that didn’t go well. We’ll just have to resign ourselves to more censorship, more slander, and more persecution.” Or, do we pick ourselves up by our bootstraps, strap on our big-girl panties, and face the challenges ahead with courage and determination? 

I know, I know. . .you might not feel very courageous today. You might be quivering under the table, wondering how this current chapter of the story will end. But that’s how it always is in battle—the enemy comes in and knocks your knees out from under you, then you (momentarily) get dizzy. Discombobulated. Confused. Thrown off your game. 

But you don’t stay that way. 

We won’t stay that way. 

There are conservative values worth fighting for, and—after we take a moment to catch our breath—we’ll keep fighting. We’ll keep doing what we know is right. 

WE WILL: 

  • Keep standing for the best for our children and grandchildren. 

WE WON’T:

  • Give in to fear.

I know what you’re thinking, (because I’ve been thinking it, too): 

It feels like there are more of them than there are of us.

  • That’s a perception. 

It feels like they have more power, more control.

  • That, too, is a perception. 

It feels like they always win and we always lose.

  • That’s what they want us to think. 

It feels like we’re the bad guys for believing in conservativism or that we’re all somehow collectively guilty of something we didn’t do. 

  • (Has that ever been the case?) 

It feels impossible. 

  • It felt impossible to me, too, back in 2006 when I was sure my life could never recover. But I did recover, and I’m a better woman because of the road I was forced to walk. 

Look, I don’t know how this story will end. But I know that every good book always has a chapter like this, where you’re absolutely convinced things won’t work out. 

Then, somehow, they do. 

They work out because good people stay in the game.
They work out because hope is not lost.
They work out because people refuse to give up.
They work out because likeminded people stick together.
They work out because good values are always worth it. 

Hang in there. We’ll get through this, conservatives, and we’ll be stronger in the end. To quote one of my favorite movies (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel): 

“In India we have a saying—everything will be all right in the end. So, if it is not all right, it is not yet the end.”
Sonny Kapoor

 

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