It’s almost 5 PM! Happy end of Angry Monday, at least to those of you who consider work to end the minute the boss walks out the door. I hope you spent your day as productively as I did, doing important things like writing emails, eating lunch, eating lunch a second time, reviewing what everyone and their cousin wore to the Golden Globes this weekend, and reading blog posts by meeeeeeeeeeee.
Since the day is almost over, it would behoove us to actually acknowledge why most people (EPA, grumble grumble) didn’t have to go to work today. We don’t go to work, and don’t send all the little people to school, so that when everyone wakes up and says, “Hey sweet I don’t have to go to work today,” then start to wonder why, and then they think about this guy:
I won’t get into a history lesson now, since I’m sure everyone reading this knows about the Civil Rights Movement. Then again, it’s hard for many of us to remember that there was, in this country, a time when organized and systematic racial discrimination was a normal, sanctioned part of life. It’s hard for many of us to imagine the kind of atrocities that motivated the Civil Rights movement. It’s hard to fathom today just what civil rights leaders were up against: to understand that there was immense social and political pressure working to stop them and to halt efforts to create a truly just and fair society.
We don’t live in a perfect country today (and I’m NOT about to start the debate on that front), but it’s important to remember at the very least one thing: change is possible. Yes, it takes time. It takes risk. It takes effort. The cost might be high. There are going to be people who don’t want change and would rather spread lies and fear. It requires enormous courage, especially for those who stand up and lead, to have the guts to say what they know is right – no matter how unpopular.
A Bulgarian friend of mine explained to me recently the popularity of toasts in Bulgarian families, and their use in celebrating not just at major events, but small moments in life that merit a moment of thought and gratitude. I rather liked that, so I’ll give one of my own: Here’s to you, Dr. King, and to everyone else who fights courageously for fairness, justice, and peace.