If you haven’t seen the new Oscar-nominated movie Selma, I won’t spoil it for you. But I will say that it showed me a very different, more vulnerable side of Martin Luther King Jr. that I hadn’t appreciated before.
He was tired from the struggle for civil rights. He doubted his own efforts. He thought long and hard with trusted advisors about strategy and messaging. He made painful mistakes in his personal life. He realized he was just a pastor from Atlanta taking on the President of the United States.
And yet none of this stopped him taking action. He drew inspiration from his beliefs and from the stories of people he was trying to help. He forged ahead anyway, letting his doubts accompany him but not impact him, and he ended up changing a nation.
Dr. King’s story inspires me today to keep going along my path even when doubts appear. Trust that I am doing what’s right and that it will work out. It’s not always easy, but it’s a great skill to cultivate for my emotional strength toolbox.
I hope this message supports and encourages you along your journey too.
With love and gratitude,