There are just too many things that I am thankful for, that I do not know where to start.
But I will start somewhere.
This Monday was Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A national holiday where we celebrated a man who did great things. Thinking about his goals and what he was able to accomplish before he was assassinated was amazing.
While we celebrated MLKJr.’s accomplishments, I took several days to seriously reflect.
And thought hard.
A man during difficult times stepped out of line and said, things has to change. He didn’t wait for someone to do it for him, but saw himself as a leader to lead the pack.
He knew the risks of stepping out of line, and speaking out of turn, but yet he did it.
Not only did he receive opposition from people who felt (at first) he was not going to do any good, he also received double talk from the government and society that he was trying to change.
Did you know that the FBI at the time called him a threat?
Did you know that any chance L. Johnson had, he tried to discredit Dr. King? Destroy his character? And tear him down?
How many of us are willing to take that torch? Knowing the obstacles, and knowing what it means for our family?
Who can keep their heads high and strong knowing that everything is against you. But deep down, you know these conditions are wrong.
This Monday that passed, I not only celebrated Dr. King’s accomplishments; I also celebrated his life and determination.
I asked myself, are my feet strong enough to walk a mile in his shoes? To that question, I have no answer.
Our problems are difficult because they are our problems. However, Dr. King’s cross was much bigger and much heavier.
He not only carried his personal problems upon his shoulders, but he carried the problems of society as well.
Even though the day that we celebrate him has passed, I hope that every day we recognize not only his accomplishments but those who have also carry more than their share.
It is amazing how far having a dream can take you.