The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. ~MLK, Jr.
Lately I’ve had a short temper.
I’ve lashed out, been easily provoked, and have found myself angry more times than I can remember.
I’m not sure if it’s partially this political climate in the United States (and around the world for that matter) that’s influencing my inner tranquility, or if social media has made me less tolerant or patient, or maybe it’s something else or a combination of things… Either way, I know I’m better than this.
And it’s not just me, everyone seems to be on edge. People I admire who I know can handle most anything are crumbling at any controversy, whining at every moment, angry at everything… no one seems to have time for the simple things anymore…like joy.
I realized it the other day talking to a friend – his negativity was palpable. Every word out of his mouth seemed to grate on me. I pride myself on being an optimist. It’s my strength. And his negativity was like sandpaper to my soul. It made me so sad for him, for me.
I believe the true test of one’s character is shown when life is not easy, when things are hard. When things are not going perfectly, that’s when our real SHINE comes through. We expose parts of who we really are in times of tragedy and pain and if we’re strong enough, if we can SEE clearly, even in the worst of times, we can reveal our true selves; hopefully our best selves.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best:
The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.
Yeah, he was so right. I am so much better than this.
We. Are. Better. Than. This.
I got this much needed reminder on my headset this morning as I ran on the beach:
What A Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong …. Yes, yes it is!