“The time is always right to do what is right.”
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
~Dr. Martin Luther King
We know about the man’s remarkable accomplishments and a few of the profound quotes that are attributed to him.
We also know about his awful murder/assassination in Memphis. If you don’t, it’s time that you do. History will judge you poorly for your ignorance as it does others and ignorance of certain important events.
I was a teenager at that time and didn’t fully understand the depth of the man. I believe and understood the civil rights struggle that he led but didn’t know about the challenges or is depth and heart. Where I lived in New York, at that time, those are not in the newspapers I read.
I often write about the workplace, particularly on medium.com.
Part of what I like to write about is coping with the modern workplace’s despair and the compromises people make for their jobs.
We die a slow death when we become quiet at work.
I know I did when I worked in search. I often listened to people saying stupid, ignorant things.
I also stood up when I listen to someone take stupid and ignorance to the level of racism and became a witness in litigation. I’m proud that I was an honest person at that moment that someone who had done so much for the firm and heard something from the owner that no one should ever hear.
But she did, and I did. Her hurt was evident, and she asked me that afternoon if I would support her in a lawsuit with what I have heard.
Knowing that there might be repercussions, I agreed unflinchingly.
Sometimes, we compromise in our work and don’t execute it with a commitment to excellence it is entitled to. It is our loss that we waste the day with halfhearted effort.
We know what is right.
We understand what honesty demands of us.
Then we don’t do it.
We have lost our ability to weep at this slow drip drip drip death we experience daily.
We become soulless when we forget about what is important to us and to others
Dr. King was a remarkable man, though not perfect.
These are not incongruous things.
Today, he might be canceled for one human frailty or another.
Can you remember to forgive?
“He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love” is another of his remarkable reminders
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ABOUT JEFF ALTMAN, THE BIG GAME HUNTER
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job
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