You know that phrase, life is about the journey, not the destination?
Is the same true for community organizing?
I think that a lot of us who get into community organizing get up in the vision of revolution– creating a movement that makes the world a more peaceful, equitable, justice-filled place to live. And that’s why a lot of people leave community organizing, too. Even after a few short years, the work starts to feel like work. It’s a grind with long hours, low (if any) pay, and often, very few results. The dream of bringing the justice-for-all revolution, or raising up the generation that brings it seems a more distant dream than most.
How many of us have a journey that can sustain us through the difficult work?
It’s a very real possibility that we will never reach that goal. Is the journey good enough?