La Semana - - FRONT PAGE / PORTADA -

Last week we were all look­ing for­ward to the re­sults of the ne­go­ti­a­tions for the ap­proval of the fed­eral spend­ing plan be­tween Repub­li­cans and Democrats. The Demo­cratic pro­posal was linked to the le­gal­iza­tion of the Dream­ers once and for all.

The govern­ment par­tially closed but on Mon­day both par­ties reached a po­lit­i­cal agree­ment in or­der to re­open the govern­ment, al­though the le­gal­iza­tion of the Dream­ers was not in­cluded.

Win­ston Churchill once said it this way: "In war you can only be killed once, but in pol­i­tics many times."

This is an­other lost bat­tle, but the war con­tin­ues.

I know there is light at the end of the tun­nel. And I be­lieve it not be­cause I trust the politi­cians but be­cause I trust the Dream­ers, in their per­se­ver­ance. I know they are fight­ers, they will not let their arms down and they will not give up, ever! The dream is still alive.

All this sit­u­a­tion makes me re­flect on the fol­low­ing story: The lit­tle frogs in the hole:

A group of frogs were trav­el­ing in the for­est, and sud­denly two of them fell into a deep hole. The other frogs gath­ered around the hole and shouted at them that they thought they were dead be­cause it would be im­pos­si­ble for them to leave. The two frogs paid no at­ten­tion to what the oth­ers were shout­ing at them and kept jump­ing to try to get out. Fi­nally one of the frogs paid at­ten- tion to what all the oth­ers said and gave up. He stopped jump­ing and died. An­other con­tin­ued jump­ing with all his strength, de­spite the neg­a­tive voices that told him to give up. He jumped so hard that he fi­nally came out of the hole.

When he came out, the other frogs asked him, "Did not you hear what we were say­ing?" The frog replied, "No, I'm deaf and I thought you were en­cour­ag­ing me to come out of the hole."

Per­sis­tence is vi­tal in or­der to sur­vive. If you have a dream and a pur­pose in your life, go af­ter it. Keep go­ing, no mat­ter how many times you fall into the hole, no mat­ter how many times they say no to you.

The Dream­ers have the strength to climb the high­est moun­tains, to tear down thou­sands of walls, break schemes and change the world.

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