But It Bends Towards Justice
Today marks the 25th anniversary of the day of service that celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and legacy - an ordinary man with an extraordinary vision who changed the face of America. Yes, I said "an ordinary man" even though I know some may want to argue this point. The truth is that Dr. King was born a mere mortal just like the rest of us. Yet, over the course of his life, he chose to turn personal and civic nightmares into dreams of hope, possibility, power, and justice. Knowing that he was, like me, just an ordinary man inspires me to, like him, accomplish extraordinary things for the betterment of our world. What about you?
I read a blog post this morning from one of my favorite thinkers, Seth Godin, that reminded me of the extraordinary power within us all. I've shared Seth's post below. God bless you Dr. King and all who follow faithfully in the spirit of your life, work, and dreams.
Superman could bend steel with his bare hands.
Along the way, we’ve been sold on the idea that difficult tasks ought to be left to heroes, often from somewhere far away or from long ago. That it’s up to them, whoever ‘them’ is.
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted Theodore Parker: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.”
But it’s not bending itself. And it’s not waiting for someone from away to bend it either.
It’s on us. Even when it doesn’t work (yet). Even when it’s difficult. Even when it’s inconvenient.
Our culture is the result of a trillion tiny acts, taken by billions of people, every day. Each of them can seem insignificant, but all of them add up, one way or the other, to the change we each live through.
Sometimes it takes a hero like Dr. King to wake us up and remind us of how much power we actually have.
And now it’s our turn. It always has been.