Are You Willing To Die For It?

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Dan Blanchard award-winning author, speaker and educator

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he’ll die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

Wow! Really powerful words here by Martin Luther King Jr.  But are they true?

Well, I was just watching a video of Martin Luther King Jr. and a group of the Freedom Riders that were trapped inside of a church with the local community by a crazy, fierce, angry mob that wanted to kill them by burning down the church. In the video you can see the concern and worry on the faces inside the church. However, they all hold their ground and reinforce each other that they are all doing the right thing.

At one point Martin Luther King Jr. makes an announcement that he just got off the phone with the attorney general, Robert Kennedy. Martin Luther King Jr. tells them that Kennedy has put the town under martial law and the troops have been sent in to restore order and get them out of that church alive. The people inside the church wildly clapped and rejoiced. At the same time, I found myself smiling and saying, “Thank God”.

At that moment I indirectly realized what it meant to stand up for what was right, as well as the high one can get from really living life to the point where you may die for your actions or beliefs.

Now nothing in my life is this dramatic. And there probably isn’t anything in yours either that is that life-changing like what the civil rights leaders faced in the 1950’s and 1960’s here in the United States. However, I think we can all learn a lesson from them, and the many others unsung heroes like them.

Don’t just coast through life like it doesn’t matter. It does matter. Many have lost their lives making sure it mattered… Make your life count for something! Find something you’re willing to die for and then you’ll finally be living.

Good luck. Go break a break a leg… Every day live life to it’s fullest!

Now, please share how you are willing to die for it.


Thanks for your time,

Daniel Blanchard

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