Seth Godin’s blog hits squarely on you. And me. Everyone, that is. He reminds us, through Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words, that though we have no choice on who our parents are, where we were born, nor on our race and ethnicity, all of us have an opportunity to do the work we are capable of. Godin calls it a check in the wallet, and it is up to each of us to cash in. “The opportunity to step up and to fail, and then to fail again, and to fail again until we succeed.”
But it is Martin Luther King, Jr. whose words resonate now, as they did when he spoke them nearly 50 years ago:
We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked, and dejected with a lost opportunity. The tide in the affairs of men does not remain at flood — it ebbs. We may cry out desperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is adamant to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words, “Too late”.