Luckily, we had the day off today to relax and recuperate from our quick sojourn to Charlotte this weekend for the Carolina Panthers playoff game. Mornings are sacred time for me, though, so I was happy to jump out of bed at 7 am when the doggies woke up. It gave me a chance to have some coffee and some offline time to contemplate the legacy of MLK and the ways in which we can live a life and raise a family with social justice at the heart of it; something that we talk about with a lot of frequency and fervor in RCIA. It’s hard sometimes to feel like whatever you’re building– a family, a business, a career, an idea– will amount to anything substantial or impactful. If Martin Luther King were alive today, he would be 87 and he would see the fruition of his legacy. But he would also see how much work we have left to do.
I’m encouraged by this quote, and by “Up to the Mountain,” one of my favorite songs, recorded by Patty Griffin in honor of King, himself. Whatever you’re working toward, whether it’s sobriety, debt, getting healthy, losing weight, a relationship, a new career, or something as huge as social justice, take it one day at a time, and brick by brick, bird by bird, you will build something worthy of you.
Sometimes I lay down, no more can I do, but then I go on again, because you asked me to.