Be a Good Street Sweeper

This post has been sitting in my drafts for like two years (August 24 2012). TWO.
I don’t know why I never posted it.

If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say: ‘here lived a great street sweeper who did his job very well.

The quote above was said by Dr Martin Luther King. This quote has very deep meaning that I try to incorporate into my life. The first thing that comes to mind when I read, hear or remember this quote is that I need to discover my purpose in life. It tells me that everyone has a calling and that we all have to find that calling: our reason for being created. We all have something to give the world. Also, when you discover your purpose, you will enjoy working. You would be happy to wake up in the morning and do what you have to do.

The second thing that comes to mind is that after we have discovered our function in the world, we should work very hard at it. No matter how small we think our role in the world is, we should still do it very well. We should be diligent. Even if you think your role is irrelevant, go about it like it’s the most important role in the world. In actual fact, every role is important; the street sweeper in the quote for example. If he doesn’t do his job well, the streets won’t be clean and that can affect the health of people who move around that street. Everybody has a role to play.

The third thing that the above quote says to me is that there is always a reward for a job well done. The quote says: ‘… all the hosts of heaven and earth …’ It says that when you do your job very well, your hard work will be recognized by everyone. Even God will notice it and reward you. You will be recognized. Someone will notice your hard work and effort. That is how people are scouted to model or play a sport.

Conclusively, there are three important things to note from this quote. First, we need to discover our purpose in life. Secondly, we should work hard to be successful wherever we find ourselves. Finally, we would be rewarded for our efforts and diligence.


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