I was recently on a call with a friend that is dealing with at situation that is impacting her family and needs to change. She’s done everything she can think of to communicate their needs, to ask for consideration, and to influence that change but nothing seems to be happening.
As we visited I thought of a story I heard years ago about two children that were teased every day at school by a bully. In spite of their pain, their families encouraged them to be courageous, to speak truth and to be kind and loving in in their responses.
After an especially challenging day at school the two children were hurting, frustrated and discouraged.
So the little girl’s father took them on a trip to a construction site. They sat at a distance and watched as a man hammered on a large boulder. Repeatedly he hit the massive stone with no apparent results.
…And then in one sudden blow the boulder crumbled into hundreds of pieces!
The children were amazed, and wondered why that one blow broke the rock and the others didn’t.
The father explained that with each blow the rock was breaking inside – even though the exterior showed no evidence of what was happening inside.
Martin Luther King Jr. spoke these words AFTER his home was bombed…
We are not advocating violence. We want to love our enemies. I want you to love our enemies. Be good to them. Love them and let them know that you love them.
As we honor his life I can’t help but to think about…
- The impact he had on the giant boulder of racism.
- Or of the gap that still exists between his dream and the reality for many of our brothers and sisters.
- Or of other boulders that exist that are destroying people, companies, nations and our world.
No matter who you are, or where you sit…
Or by waiting for someone else to do it.
Below are links to tools to help you be that change and prepare for the boulders you will face:
- This post will help you learn how to speak truth with grace.
- If you are feeling lots of anger about your situation, this post leverages MLK’s example to highlight how you can turn wrath into great leadership.
- If you seek to influence people who have a bigger title, a bigger paycheck, and more power than you think you have this free download will help you prepare to influence them. (And if you a titled leader, it will also help you engage the wisdom and passion of your employees at a higher level.)
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