We are 14 days from having a new administration. We just witnessed an incredible run-off election in Georgia. Many of us have been waiting for this for too long. And we may have some high expectations for swift and lasting change. But I’m reminded of a belief that Justice Ginsburg lived by: “Real change, enduring change, happens one step at a time.” Upon her passing there was much discussion of her legacy. Some thought she was a radical progressive; some believed she was not progressive enough. But I think this misses the point. Her legacy is in her lived experience and wisdom that meaningful progress takes planning and crafting, one careful, meticulous step at a time. It is the slow and steady scaffolding of ideas, habits, and institutions that enact change and progress that is lasting. This is as true in jurisprudence that I have studied in law school as it is in cognitive behavioral therapy when it comes to my child. It is as true in building healthy eating habits as it is in building a business model that works.
Change in Georgia didn’t happen overnight. We all know by now that it took a decade of WORK — meticulous and thoughtful work — of Stacey Abrams building on the state’s democratic institutions, brick by brick. And even her work was the continuation of pioneers that came before her.
With a new year and a new government we undoubtedly want change. But I hope we can all take stock of where we are, where we were, and strive for enduring change that actually lasts.