Another Great Lesson from Dr. Martin Luther King

16 Jan

I am the lucky blogger. I am the Monday poster, so I always get to share my thoughts on Martin Luther King Day.

Den veteránùWe live in very tenuous times.  We are stretched thin and this creates great stress on our ability to withstand negative forces and stand strong.

It is why I take great comfort in a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a man who led the way in nonviolent civil disobedience in the civil rights movement.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,

but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.

Now granted, I would change to reference to “man” and replace it with “person.” But Dr. King’s choice of words was just a reflection of the times (1959). The message in this quote is extremely powerful.

It is easy to be a leader when times are good. People are happy, productive and occupied. The focus is on tomorrow, built on the fruits of today.

However, when circumstances becoming difficult – such as hard economic times, challenging personal circumstances or any adverse event — that is when the true person is revealed.

Difficult times are an insight into someone’s character.  How does she or he handle the adversity? Does it inspire that person to rise about the challenge and take the road that is usually less traveled?

There are always more followers than leaders.

True leaders are those who face challenging times with passion and resolve, with an eye on the big picture and an understanding of why (even if it takes time to identify how).

They build bridges where none existed before and set off in new uncharted directions.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. epitomized these values and today, join me in honoring his legacy.







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