“When people made up their minds that they wanted to be free and took action, then there was a change.”
On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama after a long hard day at work, a tired Rosa Parks stepped onto a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and sat down. As the bus filled up she was asked to give up her seat to a white person and she refused. This led to her arrest due to a city code violation that required all public transportation to be segregated due to color. Because of this one event other African Americans forged the first Montgomery Bus Boycott that lasted 381 days which led to the Supreme Court ruling that declared segregation on public transit systems as unconstitutional. Rosa Parks’ decision in refusing to get up and move her seat on that day led to change in abolishing segregation on public transit systems forever.
When we decide that we something to change it only happens when we take action. Rosa Parks’ stance that day and her quote reminds us of this. If we make a constructive choices about our own personal behavior and social interaction and base it on our ethical standards then we become responsible decision makers.
Many times we think about how we wish this or that could be different but we know all too well that just wishing something doesn’t lead to change, just more wishing. This wishing then leads to frustration and ultimately leads to disappointment in that nothing has changed. Remember, change only happens we you make a concerted effort to do something that will lead to that change.
The Civil Rights movement and Me Too movement are two examples of where people made up their minds that they had enough of how they were being treated and made the conscious decision to do something about it. What is something that you have though about as it relates to you and your life that you have wanted to change? This does not have to be as big of a movement as the two movements just mentioned. It can just be something that you want to change personally about yourself. So what are you waiting for? You don’t want to be stuck at the bus stop of life waiting for change to just happen. You need to take that leap of faith and make that decision to get on that bus and take action and control over your life. The ride will be well worth it.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?