There were two elderly ladies in the nursing home. One day they were so bored, they were beside themselves.
Mable: Hey, Julia, what’s new today.
Julia: Nothing, same ‘ol same ‘ol
Mable: I know, I’m really bored, we need to try something new.
Julia: Well, I heard of something we could try.
Mable: What’s that?
Julia: It’s called “streaking.”
Well, the two disrobed and went streaking down the hall. They zipped past two elderly men who did a double take.
John: What was that?
Claude: Dunno, but it sure needed ironin’!
My dad always liked to tell this joke…mind you he was a pastor! I guess that’s what tickled me more when he told it. It reminds me of the ornery things my friends and I would do. I’m sure you can relate!
It’s fun to do crazy things with friends, but what about times when friends stand together for a cause? The Agitators is a new book by Dorothy Wikenden that tells the stories of Harriet Tubman, Martha Wright, and Frances Seward. Together, they took on the Underground Railway to free the slaves in the Civil War and engaged in the early days of the women’s rights movement. These were unlikely friends who came together to make a change in the world around them.
Harriet Tubman was a former slave, nurse, and spy; Martha Wright was a Quaker mother of seven; and Frances Seward was the wife of Governor, then Senator, then Secretary of State Wlliam H. Seward. They came from different walks of life but lived in the same community. They divided and conquered the task at hand. I’m waiting for my turn to read the book from the library, but upon researching these three, I see the strength the three together had to influence change in our history. They didn’t let fear keep them from what they felt they needed to do. Harriet was a part of a river raid that saved over 750 people from slavery. Martha hid runaway slaves in her home. Frances was quiet but a woman of means, she gave money to the cause and argued with her husband about changes that needed to be made.
When you feel that fear creeping up to dissuade you from what you need to do, look for a team. A team of friends that will help you with completing your task at hand. As you see with these three women, each had a part that completed the story. Harriet was actively saving, Martha did the hiding, and Frances provided the funding.
They may not be obvious friends, but rather friends undercover. Get to know the women around you. They will surprise you with gifts and talents that are amazing. A puzzle is made up of many pieces to make a whole picture. So, it goes with friends. They are part of the missing pieces that make up the whole picture of your journey in life. Take a step up today to start accomplishing astonishing things with a team of friends–old and new. You’ll be surprised in a year from now, just how much you have achieved.