Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, as well as the 57th Presidential Inauguration here in the states. A day off from work and an appropriate time to reflect on what the civil rights leader did for our country. What did he stand for, and what does it mean to me?
“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.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
This quote always struck a deep chord with me. More often than not, our interactions with those around us happen in moments of comfort and convenience. It’s all too easy to be loving and considerate when life is on cruise control, but when marred by challenge and controversy, only then does true character take center stage.
So take a moment to think and reflect with me: Who am I when no one is looking? Who am I when everyone is looking? Can I still treat people with kindness, compassion, dignity, and respect – regardless of whether I am having a bad day, despite when it feels like the whole world is against me, and even when it’s not convenient for me?
(Source: MLK stock photo via Seattle Times.)