Churchill's Advice on Going Through Hell: KEEP GOING

winston churchill quote, if you are going through hell keep going

If you're going through hell, KEEP GOING.
Winston Churchill

Maybe this is such powerful advice, because right now I am on the 23 Canto of Dante's Inferno. "Must keep going." The Inferno is a profoundly insightful book on the nature of sin and what it does to us. I am reading alongside it, How Dante Can Save Your Life by Rod Dreher. An excellent companion to walking with Virgil and Dante.

One of the things hitting me about reading through The Divine Comedy is the nature of the mentored experience. Without Virgil, Dante could not have made his journey.

Virgil is not a "non-directive" mentor. His purpose is to help Dante find insight, faith and courage. For Dante had been lost in a dark wood and this journey is how he will make his way out of that place. If he could get out on his own, he would have. A mentor is needed to show the way, explain the way, encourage the way, correct wrong notions about the way. Whether he carries Dante, leads him, walks beside him, and at times follows behind - Virgil uses all his mentoring skill for Dante's sake.

Because of Virgil, Dante could "keep going."

Maybe you will be useful to help someone else, "keep going."

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions Internationa