“Never, ever give up!”

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September 2, 2013

imagesMany folks watched in amazment today as Diana Nyad, age 64. completed her fifth and final swim attempt from Cuba to the Florida with success. After 53 hours, she walked onto the beach and bravely told the crowd that she had three messages.

“One should never, ever give up.” That message should hit hard to every person that thinks our struggle is useless in the face of such a seemingly out-of-control government and an industrial complex hell bent on destroying what we want to save. Far too many times I’ve seen good, strong people absolutely fold when nothing seems to change. Bills are presented in Congress, then fail when some Senator Somebody places them on hold. States promote abuse, neglect and killing and fail to listen to the majority of their citizens. Bad guys do bad things to animals walk away with a slap on the wrist. 

We have every reason to be frustrated and angry, but folding should never be an option. Nyad started her attempt to conquer that strip of water in 1978. It took five strong attempts before she finally walked onto the beach in Key West. That’s commitment.

“You are never too old to chase your dreams.” This one belongs to a few of us older folks, and we take it seriously. It’s long past the time I should have kicked back and enjoyed retirement. I can’t, not as long as a horse in in trouble. While it’s just a personal thing, I have a few very specific goals in this life. One is to see this organization become strong enough that it will continue far after I’m gone. The second is to see the end of horse slaughter in America. I might never reach those goals, but I’m damn sure going to keep trying.images-1

“It looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.” Within those words is a ton of advice for all of us. Back in the early days of Habitat for Horses, I did pretty much everything. Now I stand around, drink coffee and mumble a lot. That’s because I’ve built a strong team of exceptional individuals who all share the same vision. In the battle against horse slaughter, we really haven’t succeeded in building that team. We’re still fractured, with infighting and flag-waving diverting many from the single focus and determination we need. Much to the delight of the “other side,” we often fail to back one another up or join forces when it’s to our advantage to do so. That picture to the right pretty much says it all.

Nyad’s success is a triumphant statement to the power of determination in the face of extreme adversity. Five times she tried, and on that last attempt she finally stepped on the beach and stood proudly as  her “team” cheered her success. She was 29 on her first attempt. She won at age 64.

Was this about horses? Yes, and about our life, about our children and about the future of our country. “Never, ever give up.”




AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
12 Comments
  • Barbara

    Right on. We’ll just keep fighting to stop horse slaughter and to save our wild horses until we win or die with our boots on trying.

    September 2, 2013
  • BlessUsAll

    I’m glad you made the connection between Nyad’s determination and the need for us to stay in the fight for the good of the horses, Jerry.

    Please keep doing us the favor of interjecting in your inspiring messages a dose of self-deprecating humor, as you did today with your comment about standing around and mumbling a lot. It helps me “never, ever give up” when I can be made to smile through the tears of frustration and sorrow.

    September 2, 2013
  • RIGHT ON !!!!!

    September 2, 2013
  • Arlene

    if I have learned anything from the horses , the people here and You Jerry it is perseverance !!!!! Thank You everyone for that !!!!!! There is not prize better worth pursuing then the Freedom of our Mustangs from the Clutches of half Crazed maniacs with nothing but the Quest for Greed !!!!! I am with the horses everyday , when i look at them I see such beauty and Innocence, the horses fill my soul with the beauty they possess, I see what true wonders that they are , so powerful yet so gentle and filled with the love of Freedom ,yet in the Quest for it , they find the time to address us and show to us their true worthiness of it…… we must Honor this with every breathe we take !!!!!!

    September 3, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Dear Arlene,

      Last week a friend sent me a special bumper sticker. Because I sold my car, I couldn’t display it. But another friend arrived in town the same day the sticker did, and I knew he would love its message as much as he loves his “horse child.”

      So, Arlene, if you could send your email address to Jerry and ask him to forward it to me, I’ll send you a photo of the bumper sticker that’s now pasted on my friend’s car. I think you’ll love it! :-)

      September 3, 2013
      • Arlene

        Dear BlessUsAll I just sent and asked Jerry to forward to you my email address……………

        September 3, 2013
  • Nancy Albin

    That is a wonderful message that this world needs to see. Tomorrow I am gonna be at BLM’s Palamino Valley facility for the conference to see what is the next step I have alot of questions for the politicions that will be there as well as the horse advocates + some idea’s I want to throw out there. I am sick but I wouldn’t miss this for the world I don’t think my looks are important to the horses I still can speak for them. But I would like to know “why” since it all has been “public” the horrible things that are being done to “The Protected nations Wild Horses” “Why” this doesn’t have to be addressed by our “President Of The United States of America”? I understand that he has alot to deal with, but for him to not respond in any way is bothering me. After all “ACE” has sent me video’s of the slaughter house in Mexico’s daily activities & I know Mexico isn’t in America but my god those are our “Protected Wild Horses” that Nixon made perfectly clear! What is this saying about our gov. our laws & could that be why our nation is so messed up? Because from what i see are there any laws that are real? Or does it just depend on what someone with the most money feels like doing “On there to do list” for the day? So for some reason blm got in debt & decided the horses ~~~ Oh so I see the horses are like a piggy bank saved for a rainy day! All I know Is I will write all my questions down & take it with me tomorrow so if any one has any thoughts let me know & I will add it to my list of questions ok thanx Nancy

    September 3, 2013
    • Geri

      Nancy here is a headline on my msn page when I went in — “The United States cannot be spectators to slaughter”.~~~~ask them just what they think is going on with our horses-if we cannot be “spectators to slaughter”-then do something about our horses because that is slaughter in our country, to something born in this country, a national icon to this country-see what they answer to that.

      September 3, 2013
  • Ronnie

    Thank you Jerry! Right on! Understandably so, advocates go through sadness, rage, despair… And this is ok, for we are human. However, I truly believe animal advocates have a special gift. The special bond to animals. The compassion. To be their voice to spread to the rest of humanity. Great strides have been made in animal welfare, but there are very great distances to go. We always need to recoup & get up again & again & continue the battle for the animals. Oh yes, how many times we have come so close to a federal ban on horse slaughter, then corrupt politicians block, stall in committees… The BLM continues upping the ante on unprecedented cruelty to our wild horses. “Humans” continue heinous animal abuse. One word: EVIL. “The only thing for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing,” Edmund Burke. Yes, to be defeated & fold, to do nothing, is participating in cruelty to animals. Very importantly, grassroot movements historically work, but do take time. Personally, a “defeat” causes me anger. And anger makes me fight harder. Even a so-called “small gain” for animals is a triumph! And these all add up, one-by-one, for the welfare of our innocent, blessed animals. They need us, & I believe, they know to depend on man for goodness. We are their voice, they can only speak with their eyes & their cries. Thank you <3.

    September 3, 2013
    • sherriey

      thank you, Ronnie….you have said it just like it really is.
      sadness, anger….makes you fight all the harder. together we will WIN!

      September 3, 2013
  • Geri

    I looked at my posted web site and I see they have removed the title “United States cannot be spectators to slaughter”~~~~ go figure.”

    found this one about fracking explains alot.
    http://now.msn.com/fracking-is-explained-simply-in-this-kurzgesagt-video

    September 3, 2013