It crossed my mind that the MLK Jr. quote I’m about to share is “overused.” But then I remembered, that until we all know it, speak it, and share it in the world, it is nothing short of under used.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”
I think it’s obvious how this message applies to the simple philosophy of November Project.
Just show up
We get that. Whatever our speed or level of fitness, we know that by showing up, working hard, and continuing to move–making that forward progress–we are changing ourselves, changing others, changing the NP community and that of Boston, and changing the world. It’s the physics of ripples.
On this day, where the world is celebrating a human being who strove with everything in him to create forward movement for justice, freedom, and light overcoming darkness in our world, I think it’s reasonable for us to take a note from ourselves. We can notice the way in which we dedicate ourselves to movement in our bodies and our NP community–the simple ways that showing up make a difference. Noticing the simple ways that connection through a hug or high five with that “I’m glad you’re here” makes a difference. Remembering that the kindness we exchange with encouragement, competition and camaraderie, and seeing each other at workouts actually increases our ability to extend kindness to everyone else we interact with throughout our days.
We are already doing many of the things that change the world in the way that Dr. MLK Jr. envisioned. But do not let these kindnesses live only within the community, the workouts, and the bubble that is NP. Please actually create movement in the world with this kindness. How you do it is up to you–read that quote again. If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. We can do it in our own way, and grow our ability to crawl, walk, run, and fly our kindness. But let’s please be assertive in our kindness, and be willing to disrupt the quiet that is often mistaken as “peace.” Sometimes we need to upset the quiet in order to make more noise of connection, more noise of acceptance and curiosity, more noise of discussion, more noise of laughter, humor, and of humanity.
Wednesday we’ll move on some stairs in Harvard Stadium. Get everyone…everyone…out there.
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