Monday, September 28, 2015

Constantly Thinking: Street Sweeper: Best You

When I was younger (I say that like I am just super-aged now...), I literally spent years of my life trying, very hard and unsuccessfully, to be someone I was not. I "pledged" a sorority that was not for me. I dated people who were not meant for me, simply because their "success" defined who I was. I attempted to befriend people who had literally nothing in common with me. Until one day, it all fell apart... I could not longer pretend, and worse I did not know myself at all.

I did not know what I wanted to do in life, I did not know who I wanted to be, I did not know why I wanted to be. Thankfully, a short time after this difficult period in life for me, my daughter was born and cleared almost all of the blinding smoke out of my life. I slowly began to understand me and see the world from a different, fresh, and me-like perspective.

I recently posted on "Little Drummer Boy: Being Your Best Self," which led me down the path to further investigate the idea in my own way. When I was discussing this blog post with my husband, we began to think of the parallels between "Little Drummer Boy: Being Your Best Self" and  Martin Luther King, Jr's famous "Street Sweeper" speech. (Watch MLK's Steet Sweeper Speech)
"If you can’t be a pine on the top of a hill
Be a scrub in the valley—but be
The best little scrub on the side of the hill,
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree.
If you can’t be a highway just be a trail
If you can’t be the sun be a star;
It isn’t by size that you win or fail—
Be the best of whatever you are.
And when you do this, when you do this,
you’ve mastered the length of life."

I needed this during that lost period, and I still sometimes need it now. I need it now to avoid getting distracted and remaining true to the best me. I also know that there is someone out there, right now, who may need this today. We are called to be the best us, not everyone is an Oprah, a Bill Gates, or a Beyonce/ Jay Z (for my under folks). In fact, most of us will never reach that height of "success," if that is how we define it. But, do what you were intended to do, and do it well.  

So read it, listen to it, and watch it - take the words completely in. Then walk away with your head high, knowing you are your the best. 

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