Rarely do things happen along the most ideal path. There are variables that won't cooperate with our best principles. When this happens we need to know which ways we can bend and how much. There is an art to knowing how to compromise. Unfortunately, especially in the sphere of politics, many people choose not to participate unless their ideal path is in place. This is a tragedy, because by choosing not to participate, even their second-best options become vulnerable to being sidelined.