Free to be Me

Today we’re taking a look at two thoughts from Rosa Parks.  Her legendary actions in not getting up from her seat on a bus when blacks were required to give their seats up to whites put her into the history books.  I hope her wisdom inspires you as it has me:

“Whatever my individual desires were to be free, I was not alone. There were many others who felt the same way.”

I love this quote because although she was part of a national movement, Rosa reveals that she realized she was not alone in her desire to be free.  So often we sit around miserable because we believe we are alone in our feelings.  But that’s just not true!!  In our diverse world there has to be someone else who can identify with what you’re going through.  You are not alone.  Even if all of the people physically around you can’t relate, you’ve got a whole internet filled with people willing to support you no matter what you’re going through.

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.”

This quote has to be one of my favorites!  I love Rosa Parks’ attitude that she didn’t want to be known just for making a statement as a person, but rather for all people.  For her it wasn’t just about personal gain, but about what all people could gain from her selfish act.  She believed that her individual actions could do more good for everyone than if she didn’t do anything.  On the bus she probably wasn’t thinking about going down in history books and becoming a household name because of her actions.  She stood up for what she believed because it was what she believed to be right for herself and others.

I encourage you to remember that you’re not alone and that you can do great things all by yourself.  Each of us has the power and ability to make a difference in this world.  What will you do?


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