There is a wall that stands in front of us all. It stands there with the impression that it’s immovable. Yet we have no choice but to move through it.
In 1941, during WW2 and England’s fierce war with Germany, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Winston Churchill, faced a less than pleasing obstacle within his own government.
The Parliament of the United Kingdom was debating Churchill’s handling of the war. During the two-day debate, he was attacked, doubted, and questioned, even by some that he considered allies and friends.
It was disheartening. After all, Churchill had taken the job of Prime Minister, less than a year before this.
In that tumultuous year as Prime Minister of Great Britain, Churchill faced one challenge after another. The list included: nightly bombings from Germany that resulted in thousands of deaths, doubt from within his government, depletion of supplies desperately needed for his countrymen and women, and at times, doubt on whether or not England could truly withstand the barrage Hitler and Nazi Germany were throwing at England.
And yet, after all this, and listening to allies and friends debate against him, he finally got his chance to stand and speak with these incredibly brilliant words:
“I ask you to witness, Mr. Speaker, that I have never promised anything or offered anything but blood, tears, toil, and sweat, to which I will now add our fair share of mistakes, shortcomings, and disappointments and also that this may go on for a very long time, at the end of which I firmly believe — though it is not a promise or a guarantee, only a profession of faith — that there will be complete, absolute and final victory.”
Even though it would be another long four years of war, which included more casualties and obstacles along the way, in the end, Churchill would lead England to victory over Nazi Germany in WW2.
Churchill could see what was on the other side of that wall. He knew that they could restore England and live the freedom he believed his fellow countrymen and women deserved.