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The Measure of a Man by Martin Luther King Jr.
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May 02, 2007

really liked it
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Read in July, 2007

This was a short read, taking me only an hour in the park one day. It is a spiritual essay discussing man’s place here on earth. I enjoyed it. One of my favorite parts of the book is when he talks about doing your best at all times:

“He should seek to do his job so well that the living, the dead, or the unborn could not do it better. No matter how small one thinks his life’s work is in terms of the norms of the world and the so-called big jobs, he must realize that it has cosmic significance if he is serving humanity and doing the will of God.”

He then inserted a poem by Douglas Mallock that I am loving:
“If you can’t be a highway, just be a trial;
If you can’t be the sun, be a star;
For it isn’t by size that you win or you fail-
Be the best of whatever you are.”

Sometimes we get so caught up in where we see ourselves, where we want to be, that we forget to be our best where we presently are. Just because every situation may not reflect our ambitious dreams, it is important to remember that the climb gives purpose to reaching the top.
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