Dr. King and Big Ideas
What makes some men and women legends? Why do certain people rise from the crowd and create (or inspire) movements? One theory is that, at its core, it’s about big ideas. All of us have them: something that stirs you awake at night, a thought that distracts you from a conversation, something that compels you to call a trusted friend or family member because you just thought of something amazing. Why do so few of us follow through with these epiphanies? “Big Ideas” are what legends have in common. Those, and an extra ingredient: follow-through. Inventors, scientists, philosophers, musicians, athletes, politicians. They may not all be geniuses, but there is something in them that makes them believe that they can, and will make a difference. The thoughts that stir them are not only valid, but they may be revolutionary.
Perhaps one of the many lessons we can take this year from Dr. King, as we reflect on his tragically short life, is to have faith in ourselves. The next Big Idea we have could be the one that changes everything. Going back to school, a change in career, a new relationship, a new invention, a “dream deferred.” These may not be Big Ideas for the world, but they could be for you. We could all stand to follow Dr. King’s example in countless ways, but maybe a good way to start is to acknowledge the little voice in the back of your head urging you to go forth and DO SOMETHING. Maybe this time we’ll all say, Today I will.