“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
-John F. Kennedy
Time on this earth is limited. I know. Not the first sentence you would expect to read with the title of the today’s blog being What Lives On. It’s just a fact of life and we don’t know when our time is up so that is why we need to make sure we live each day to the fullest. We all have a gift to give to the world. And it is through this gift that reveals who we truly are, our legacy and most importantly the strength of our moral compass.
President John F. Kennedy’s quote is one the reminds that life will go on after we have breathed our last breath. Our family and friends will celebrate our life and pay homage to the good memories of how we made them feel. Those memories along with any ideas we may have put forth to better this world will live on.
Ideas can stand the test of time and never truly die. The key is that they live on through those with whom they affected most. These ideas do not necessarily have to be earth shattering or necessary change the world, as they might only change one person’s life for the better. And you know what? That’s all that matters. It could be ideas on living a better life or how you could serve others better. Whatever you do, just remember to make sure they are ideas promoting the greater good.
Of course if there is one famous idea that lives on is Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have A Dream Speech. As we should all know by now the purpose behind his idea or in this case his dream is when he called for civil and economic rights and an end to racism in the United States. This dream and idea continues to live on and although certain things have improved since August 28, 1963 we still have a long way to go. His words, his message, his idea, lives on in each of us who continue to fight for equal and equitable rights for all: starting with what Dr. King wanting this for Blacks. We also want the same for other races, gender, religions. And this idea will never die because it can’t and we won’t let it.
Ideas give us hope and hope is a good thing.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards defining/refining your own moral compass?