Refresh Your ResolutionJanuary 19, 2010 Leave a comment
Martin Luther King has been on my mind over the last few days. I’ve been contemplating his prophetic voice, and how every age needs its prophets. I’ve been contemplating the relationship between his belief that “the vision of where we’re going is the reality we have to claim,” Joseph Campbell’s work on the power of myth, and @EmergentCulture’s recent tweet proposing that “we need a new myth for our time, a story that will serve us as we encounter a time period unlike any before.” It is all coming together in ways I’m not fully ready to define.
In light of all this inner grappling, I am also finding myself grateful for having Dr. King’s birthday right in the middle of January, a time when so many of us find ourselves overcome by a spirit of renewal and resolution. I don’t think there is a better time to remember our calling and our highest aspirations. There is no better time than right now to remember Rev. King’s words that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” and to remember that we have a place in this story, and I dare call it, a leading role.
As I continue to reflect, and I invite you to move with me, I think it most appropriate to leave you with a prayer from the Rg Veda – one of our humanity’s most ancient scriptures. Read it and consider that thousands of years ago some enlightened sage said this prayer for you, and she said it with so much power, so much clarity and so much intention, that it still moves us today:
May you awaken like the sun at daybreak,
ready to make your sacred offering.
Set forth with delight, like a pilgrim on his journey.
O heroic one, move forward with resolve
to make this sacred offering of yourself to life.
May you plant the banner of victory
in the service of humankind.