My favorite professor back in college taught literature and kept asking the question, “why this?” We were challenged to reflect on why a particular passage appeared in a story, why it had to be there.
In these turbulent times of transition, I ask you to hear that professor’s wisdom: See the world as an unfolding story. Then, pay attention to the play, and not the players. They are but figures in an unfolding story. Ask yourself, “why this?” Why does the world stage need the current set of characters? If it was not them, others would play the same roles.
The temptation to run out and fight for something, to spit injustice in the face, is nearly overwhelming. The world seems to demand our action now. But, I am reminded of the wise words of Howard Thurman:
“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that, because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”