I have loved these lines for as long as I can remember having heard them.
“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s theory of relativity to serve. You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Drum Major Instinct”
Delivered at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, Georgia, February 4, 1968
I love these lines so much and they have left such a strong impact on me that I googled up the reference. I did not know in what context these had been shared.
Just look at the simplicity in the lines. It is only obvious, isn’t it? All these are facts we know. Somewhere along we do get caught up in practicalities and the unimaginable-to-execute idealism. But, if we set aside our pre-conceived notions of “service” and look at it as a random act of kindness that can be done every single day, it does look so achievable, right? Surely, you and I and everyone can do it. The least we can do is probably offer a smile or carry a heavy bag for someone.
K and I were watching Satyamev Jayate. Frankly, I did not worship or feel awed at what Aamir was doing for the first few episodes. He was doing a good job – yes. But, I wasn’t like all under a trance and feel awed at the episode. Maybe I was aware of it or maybe I just wanted to wait and watch.
What amazed us (K and I) and what makes us look upto Aamir and his team was the kind of research they did. Am not referring to statistics. I am referring to the little details they unearthed; the little stories they shared; the little joys they created; the little ways they touched lives. I am also referring to the way they “ended” the whole thing on such a beautifully positive note. I loved knowing about those unsung heroes. Hats off to the team for showing us what true grit is all about. We were particularly moved by the elderly gentleman who performs the last rites of fellow human beings irrespective of caste and creed. It is a very noble act. I cannot tell you how moved we were after that. He is not living to see any positive result. But the intention behind an act of such magnitude is commendable, to say the least. I marvel at the motivation in such heroes. They are so inspiring that their very presence even on TV sends out such strong positive vibes.
We also loved the way they found, they actually found someone befitting the expression that every little act makes a big difference – the man who actually made way and created a path where there once was a hill.
And that’s the very reason why I remembered these lines all over again.
Smile on. And stay beautiful. Make an inspiring and beautiful week, all of you 🙂