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Happy MLK Jr Day! - Noelle in Biloxi
Writing about my work trip to Biloxi, MS
Happy MLK Jr Day!
If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill.

Be a bush if you can't be a tree. If you can't be a highway, just be a trail. If you can't be a sun, be a star. For it isn't by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are.

— From the estate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

I received two beautiful pieces of advice from my dear friend and colleague, Renee.  She could sense I've been deep in thought, processing.  First, I shouldn't feel guilty about not being down there now.  A lot can be taken from this sentiment.  I can find new places to volunteer and things to do up here.  I can be an advocate for things happening in the Gulf Coast.  I can make financial contributions.  

Secondly, I should hold on to this experience.  Not exactly the words she used, but the concept that even though I'm all charged to make a big difference now, and this experience is so fresh and tangible - I shouldn't let go of this feeling.  This experience can continue to be fresh.  It can continue to make an impact in how I choose to live my life.  And if it calls me back, I can't make excuses not to go.  And also, this experience (and others like it) can influence the ways I choose to live my life now - simply, with gratitude for all I have, with respect for human life and the beauty of nature.

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