Martin Luther King has given me a day of rest from my busy job today – a chance for quiet reflection instead of busy productivity. Though this neglects to say what his greater legacy to us all has been, it does at least allow us a moment to consider it.
Martin Luther King’s voice spoke out at a time when his message was unwelcome to many. This fact alone serves as an example of courage still very much needed today: Courage to speak what needs to be spoken no matter what others may think, no matter what the personal price may be for having spoken out.
Each of us may never know what the effects of our own lives may be on society as a whole. The smallest word or action that we might make could possibly have the most effect. How our lives affect others and affect the whole always remains a mystery to be unraveled only in hindsight or perhaps not at all.
Thank you Martin Luther King for my day of rest today, and this moment’s reflection on the value of one life. Nelson Mandela’s life stands out now too, through the fact of so recently having come to an end, and can be seen in such a similar light. These men’s examples of what one life can do, can inspire us to use every moment of the life that we have been given as fully as we possibly can. My life may not stand out to others as theirs do, but in another way it is no less significant in terms of the possibilities that it offers each one of us to serve as an example, an inspiration to the lives that intersect our own.
Knowing this to be true for each one of us sheds light on the power that we all hold and so often ignore.
Thank you Martin Luther King
For showing us what is possible,
For each one of us
For each moment
We are here,
Full of life
And ready to take up
Our part in the great dance
Whatever it may be.