The guy at church who stands behind the pulpit a lot just started talking about dreams and visions. He says dreams come when we’re asleep, and visions come when we’re awake. Kinda like a text message from God.
Usually I hate these Dare to Dream speeches, but this ones different. He keeps piping in clips of one of the most well known dreamers of our time: Martin Luther King Jr. To me that’s saying dream big. So big the world can’t help but hear.
MLK has always been one of my favorite speakers and writers. He never seemed to dream about paying a mortgage, or getting out of debt, or going on a cruise. It always seemed his dreams contained the hearts of his friends. The souls of those who were in pain.
I read the letter below every year about this time. It’s kinda like a reset button for me. Most of it was authored on toilet paper while in jail. Impressively, not a word is aggressive, and yet, not a word is submissive.
“Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
by: Martin Luther King Jr
While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would have little time for anything other than such correspondence in the course of the day, and I would have no time for constructive work. But since I feel that you are men of genuine good will and that your criticisms are sincerely set forth, I want to try to answer your statement in what I hope will be patient and reasonable terms.
I think I should indicate why I am here in Birmingham, since you have been influenced by the view which argues against “outsiders coming in.” I have the honor of serving as president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, an organization operating in every southern state, with headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. We have some eighty five affiliated organizations across the South, and one of them is the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights. Frequently we share staff, educational and financial resources with our affiliates. Several months ago the affiliate here in Birmingham asked us to be on call to engage in a nonviolent direct action program if such were deemed necessary. We readily consented, and when the hour came we lived up to our promise. So I, along with several members of my staff, am here because I was invited here. I am here because I have organizational ties here.
But more basically, I am in Birmingham because injustice is here. Just as the prophets of the eighth century B.C. left their villages and carried their “thus saith the Lord” far beyond the boundaries of their home towns, and just as the Apostle Paul left his village of Tarsus and carried the gospel of Jesus Christ to the far corners of the Greco Roman world, so am I compelled to carry the gospel of freedom beyond my own home town. Like Paul, I must constantly respond to the Macedonian call for aid.
Moreover, I am cognizant of the interrelatedness of all communities and states. I cannot sit idly by in Atlanta and not be concerned about what happens in Birmingham. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. Never again can we afford to live with the narrow, provincial “outside agitator” idea. Anyone who lives inside the United States can never be considered an outsider anywhere within its bounds.
-Hang power snatch
AMRAP 10 Minutes for quality
*Work up to a moderate load in (10) minutes.
75-Barbell jump Squats 55/75 – (while partner is holding chin over bar)
75-Box jumps 20/24 – (while partner is holding paleo chair)
75-Hang power snatches 55/75 – (while partner is holding plank)
75-Lunges(per leg) – (while partner is holding barbell overhead)
*Two person teams. When one athlete stops the hold, they must switch stations.
5 Rounds for quality
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