Men of McCallie,
The last few weeks, I have been fortunate to happen onto the movie "The Darkest Hour" several times in the evenings. It is about the Nazi invasion of Western Europe and specifically focused on the month of May in 1940 when the British troops were trapped on the French coast at Dunkirk and the island of Britain was facing imminent invasion by the German army. The government was in turmoil and, out of desperation, Parliament elected Winston Churchill as the Prime Minister. Even though his record in public service was spotty with several significant failures, the people of England knew he would never give up the coming struggle regardless of the difficulties and duration.
One of my favorite parts of the movie occurs when Churchill is at his lowest point in the early days of his administration. His own party is pushing him to sue for peace with Germany….which he is very much against. He has the weight of the world on his shoulders and he finds himself giving way to his life-long struggle with depression. His wife, Clementine, finds him sitting alone in his bedroom in total darkness. She turns on the light and encounters this great leader and orator sitting on the bed mumbling to himself. After acknowledging the dire situation he is facing and the unimaginable strain he is under, she says this…..and I number them for effect:
1. “These inner-battles have actually trained you for this very moment.”
2. “You are strong because you are imperfect.”
3. “You are wise because you have doubts.”
I find these words to be incredibly profound and so simply put:
Inner struggles train us.
Imperfection makes us strong.
Our doubts give us wisdom.
Gentlemen, let us endeavor to make the best of every opportunity, struggle and doubt to prepare us to make the world a better place.