Boy, it’s hard to take a stand when you really don’t want to pay the cost of taking a stand.

Earlier in the year, I heard about a potential boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. The call to boycott the games began with the US and the UK, Canada, Australia, Lithuania and Kosovo have joined them.

The reason for the boycott? Officially, we are told it’s in protest over China’s ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses.  It’s actually proven itself to just being political posturing.

Did you know in 1976, more than thirty countries boycotted the Games hosted in Montreal? I had forgotten about that. (that was a tangent)

So, imagine my surprise when I started hearing about the selection of Canada’s Olympic teams for these games.  It was then I discovered the boycott was a diplomatic boycott.

The six countries sternly told China, “If you don’t behave, we won’t send our politicians to attend during this global pandemic.” Wow, that must have had them shaking in their boots.

There will be times when we will need to take a stand, but in order for that stand to mean anything, it will have to involve a cost to both parties.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

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