MLK, What a Day

“If you’re succeeding without suffering, somebody else did. If you’re suffering without succeeding, somebody else will.” – Unknown

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Yesterday, my pastor touched briefly on MLK and his legacy and the ‘creative suffering’ that he and his leaders went through in hopes of getting our nation to a better place. As he was talking all I kept thinking was that I am so grateful to be living in this day and age. I am so grateful that I was not born into slavery. I am so grateful that I did not grow up during a time when the KKK was running rampant in almost every state I’d call “home”. I am so grateful that other generations suffered before me so that I could have access to a quality job, quality education, quality internet speed…

I’ve often asked my friends what our generation will be known for in history. While we are currently seen as the ‘Me Generation’ I know there is more to us than that. I know that others suffered so that we could succeed and I hope we do those previous generations justice. I know in some ways my generation is still suffering so that those younger than us can flourish where we can’t, where we won’t. As you finish up your MLK Day however you see fit, think about the bigger picture. You may not see the fruits of your labor today, but maybe it’s not meant for you. Maybe, just maybe your purpose on this earth is to pave the way for someone else’s greatness.

Song of the Day: Juicy – Notorious B.I.G.

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