05/15/2014 09:57 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Gratitude for the Struggle

Frederick Douglass said "If there is no struggle, there is no progress."

The man who escaped slavery and became a leader of the Abolitionist movement experienced plenty of struggle in his life.

I find Douglass' words telling, particularly when it comes to social justice. Nelson Mandela, for example, spent 27 years behind bars and that struggle led to monumental progress - an end to South Africa's Apartheid.

Douglass' words are inspiring because we can't walk the Earth without a struggle. No one is protected. Not even the woman who inherited a fortune because her millions couldn't protect her from cancer and she spent two years fighting for her life.

If you find yourself in a midst of a struggle - big or small -- it's a really good idea to remind yourself that you're just making progress.

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