The following is my response to an old Daily Post prompt. I hope you’ll enjoy reading it.
The Daily Post – Daily Word Prompt: UNCOMPROMISING
The word sounds hard, doesn’t it?
Like a chair. A wooden chair.
Why do I say a wooden chair is uncompromising?
Because if you sat on such a chair, a hard wooden chair, it would not bend beneath your weight. Further, if you sat on the bare wooden chair, without the blessing of a cushion or padded upholstery, it would not give even a millimetre of comfort.
Try to sit still on it for some time, and your backside will know what I mean. In fact do you recall those hard benches in church? Now that’s what I call uncompromising – especially for a young child’s posterior!
You sit there and the fun bit of Sunday school is over. You are just waiting for the end when you will be given a sweet. But in between? O boy!
That was the uncompromising bit. That was the time when the teacher spouted out the gospel and gave it to you in as dry and as uncompromising a spirit as possible. B-O-R-I-N-G-!
Generally, I believe this word should represent a good thing. It should signify a good trait of character. Such as when you decide that you’re going on a diet and someone tries to tempt you with an ice-cream but you say: “No!”
Even though your heart and taste buds are crying out to accept the delicious creamy concoction, your resolve hardens. Yeah, it gives not an inch (much like that wooden chair or bench), and you self-righteously say: “no thank you”.
When I think of this word, I think of the “Iron Lady”. Have you heard of her (aka Mrs Margaret Thatcher)?
She was a former Prime-minister in the UK, who has now passed away. But whilst she lived, whilst she reigned over the Conservative party, boy was she uncompromising!
“This lady” (she said), “is not for turning!”
Unfortunately, I understand that she did turn on one of her uncompromising policies. And, as you can imagine, the press and her detractors, had a field day.
Perhaps her uncompromising bent felt unwell that day, or took leave without permission. Who knows!
All I know is that the “Iron Lady”, the woman who was “not for turning”—turned. Contrary to her nature, she back-tracked on a decision and in the eyes of her colleagues and the nation, this woman with a self-confessed iron heart and reported iron fist, softened and became almost as malleable as plasticine.
Dear reader, if you and I wish to realise our aspirations, there will be times ahead of us when we need to be uncompromising.
We have to keep that goal… that dream… that aspiration ahead of us constantly. We have to keep our eyes firmly fixed on the target. We have to review that dream daily, perhaps several times daily.
Dear reader, if we are serious about achieving our desires, then regardless of any setback or frustration we may face, regardless of any circumstance which discourages us, we must decide that we will not turn our feet towards the path of compromise.
We must go on. Doggedly.
We must possess that uncompromising will and spirit. Because only an uncompromising spirit dear friend, will win the day.
Purpose-driven believers and dream achievers when it comes to pursuing your goals and aspirations, don’t be like the “Iron Lady”. Don’t compromise your personal principles.
Do you want to fulfil your dreams? Be like that wooden chair!
CREDIT: the above CC0 images come courtesy of Pixabay.com