Today in 1929, Martin Luther King Jr was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He would be assassinated on April 4, 1968, at just 39 years old, and die as a giant among humankind, and as a fighter who left a powerful and eternal mark on our nation and across the globe. .
I remember being in DC visiting his memorial and staring up at the statue and feeling so small. As brilliant and powerful as his words and his actions were as the leader of the civil rights movement, and also in his extraordinary capacity of being a true servant to the human kind, I always primarily reflect on him as an imperfect human soul, who at a young age, lived a life and left a mark that it is hard to truly fathom how he even processed and operated under the weight of that enormous responsibility. When you consider all the utterly ridiculous and pathetic things that consume and distract so much of our days now, and much of our society as a whole, it makes it even harder to process his life's journey. According to his autopsy, it was revealed that at just 39 years old, that his heart was in the condition of a 60-year-old man, which was attributed to the stress he was under as the leader of the civil rights movement for 13 years. #leadership .
Today, and during this time where the world formally celebrates his legacy, I would urge you to take the time for some quiet contemplation and deep reflection about the life of a young leader, who was an ordinary man that stepped up and did extraordinary things. Also, think about all the challenges your community and our world faces, and what role do you consistently play in serving and fighting for others. We stand in the shadow of a giant, and what his life and his sacrifice says to me, and reminds me of, is that it is not just what we say or how many letters we have behind our name, or how much we talk to our "deep" friends about what we believe and how the world should be better and more inclusive and more just. Standing there that day, feeling small and grateful, I understood that all that matters, in the end, is what I actually DO consistently, and what I am willing to die for. #martinlutherking #mlk #mindset #love #motivation #inspirstion #quoteoftheday