You may be 38 years old, as I happen to be. And one day, some great
opportunity stands before you and calls you to stand up for some great
principle, some great issue, some great cause. And you refuse to do it because
you are afraid…. You refuse to do it because you want to live longer….
You’re afraid that you will lose your job, or you are afraid that you will
be criticized or that you will lose your popularity, or you’re afraid that
somebody will stab you, or shoot at you or bomb your house; so you refuse
to take the stand. Well, you may go on and live until you are 90, but you’re
just as dead at 38 as you would be at 90. And the cessation of breathing
in your life is but the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit.
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wow! Do I actually need to say anything else after this quote? Today is a national holiday to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. There is one reason this Hero has a national holiday and one reason alone. He followed his heart and soul and ignored fear.
I went to see the movie Selma a little over a week ago. I wanted to see my Hero Martin Luther King, Jr. and many other heroes portrayed in this historically-based movie. To say I was excited is an understatement. I bought my tickets five days in advance. I wanted to make sure I had my tickets in hand if it the theater sold out, and I even showed up to the theater thirty minutes early.
Selma is true story about the black citizens of Selma, Alabama joining together in peaceful protest so they could vote. Selma had a lot underhanded administrative obstacles put in place to make it almost impossible for blacks to vote.
It’s very hard to believe this is true and happened in America. Take the time to see this movie and let the spirit inside you be lifted by the message within it.
There’s a lot to be learned about living a life with purpose and meaning as seen through the lens of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Selma. First of all, if you’re living a life from the gift that’s at your heart and soul, then it’s really about being of service to the world. The gift you have inside is all about making the world a more beautiful and better place.
The passion you have inside might not be about doing something that makes you popular, a billionaire, five Mercedes in the garage, and drinking margaritas all afternoon on the beach everyday—no matter what other people are saying!! But your spirit will be alive with life!
I promise you one thing—when you’re sharing you special gift with the world, you won’t need five Mercedes in the garage because you will feel so great. And who knows—maybe you’ll need five Mercedes specially housed in a heated garage, because that’s where your journey took you. How can this NOT be the most exciting thing in life to do when you’re fulfilling your mission of coming to earth and working for God, Universe, Higher Power, or whatever you choose to call it?
There are only two things you need to do to have a life filled with passion. They are:
Unlearn all the disempowering thoughts you inherited in life.
Learn to be courageous and take action in spite of fear.
These are very simple, but not necessarily the easiest things to do. But guess what? There’s a whole lotta other people who have done this. All you have to do is listen to the Hero Inside You.
Get real quiet and think about something you want to do in the world. And ask yourself, is this about me having more and being better, or is this about making the world more beautiful and better, and would I do almost anything to see this dream become reality? If you know deep inside that the last two questions are “yes,” then congratulations—you found purpose from your heart and soul!
Martin Luther King, Jr. is my Hero, because he was so incredibly courageous and followed his heart and soul—his inner voice. We all have the same courage in us. This day of celebration, honor, and remembrance—Martin Luther King day—think about the special gift you have inside you to serve the world.
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