How 45 Minutes Can Improve Our Community


(Editor’s note: A message to the Charleston-LTPP from John Steinberger)


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The Tao of Adversity


“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thou strength is small.” Proverbs 24:10



What kind of person are you? Do you flinch before adversity? Do you give up and go home when things don’t go your way?

Or are you more like the person Charles de Gaulle describes when he says, “A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities?”

Certainly we all agree that the challenges before us are great; the obstacles are many; and those that oppose us are strong. A captive media is working hard to conceal the truth from you.

But you must admit that there is an awakening occurring. You see it with the Liberty movement gaining strength. It is happening on the internet, in conversations overheard in the hallways and lunchrooms, the organized meetings convened at churches, cafés, and in private living rooms. It is also happening in cities like Los Angeles, Tampa, St. Louis, and other places, including here in Charleston. If you need proof for yourself, get involved. You’ll see signs of it everywhere.

Despite the size of the problem, it is not insurmountable. As Lao-tzu the Chinese philosopher and father of Taoism is quoted as saying, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” A more correct interpretation from the original Chinese and consistent with the teachings of Taoism would be, “the journey of a thousand miles begins beneath one’s feet.” Rather than emphasizing the first step, Lao-tzu acknowledged that the journey was there regardless of the traveler and that action, or inaction, arises from being.


Whether or not you choose to act is your decision, but the journey still exists whether one embarks or not. We hope you will join us however, because the journey represents, at its minimum, a chance to develop and strengthen a new community of leaders: heroes not afraid to confront challenges and overcome obstacles; champions who aren’t afraid of adversity. This can’t occur without you. Tao teaches us it will occur without you, nonetheless.

And, as Mark Twain states, “the secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

So, let’s get started:

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