Over the past few months there has been a number of news reports about a flood of refugees populating European countries. While it is clear that these refugees are leaving their countries due to the damages of war, the citizens of the occupied countries are becoming quite unwelcoming. The entire continent of Europe seems to be experiencing a case of xenophobia as many people fear the idea of a coming “Islamic influence.” The refugees who have been marching through Hungary and trying to get to other EU nations, are former citizens of war torn Syria, Egypt, and other middle eastern countries, who are trying to flee the ideology wars going on in their country. Many citizens of European Union countries who don’t want to entertain the presence of these refugees due to fear are not even realizing the type of fear that comes with fleeing from a war zone. I know that many countries have reached out and decided to take on some of the refugees, but I don’t feel as though it is enough to just take them in, people need to be accepted and truly welcomed. Many of the refugees are not willing to stay in Hungary because they are trying to find a place were they can live, work, and thrive, and it seems like in Hungary they will always just be refugees. I know that many EU countries have pledged to take on and support a number of these travelers, but until they understand that these people are looking to be accepted into a new home, the refugees will continue to move until they find a peaceful place.
Have you ever come to a point where you know you have to start over, but you have put in too much work to really consider the move? Every once in a while we are faced with circumstances that are complicated, to say the least, and our only choices are to continue trudging through the muck of a terrible situation, or to turn back seemingly to start over. I tend to be the type of person who just won’t quit, even when the chips are stacked against me I like to see a battle through. While it is not fun fighting a losing battle, it is immensely rewarding to come away with a success after it seemed like it was impossible to win. Past victories in the face of defeat are why tenacious individuals press on even when it seems they can not win, but even when you are just being resilient, pride can cause ultimate defeat. There is a difference between being resilient and prideful, and those who can distinguish between the two know when it means they must turn around before they can come back to face a situation differently. Sometimes making a 180 does not mean quitting, when you turn away from a situation it is to come back with a better solution. Even in war, the term retreat does not mean to give up, it is a tactic used to escape with enough resources to win the war at a later time, when you have sured up your strategy. Everyone needs to take the time to evaluate all of the obstacles they face in life, if a battle is too hard, perhaps taking a 180 on the situation to regroup is the best course of action, and the fastest way to ultimate victory.