Don’t consider your work insignificant. Consider it of cosmic significance.

All of the people of the world cannot do the so-called big things. Some of us will have to be content to do the so-called little things, but we must do the little things in a big way. We must do the ordinary things in an extraordinary manner And we overcome our sense of inferiority by doing just this-by somehow accepting what we have to do and doing that thing well No matter how small you consider it, you can dignify anything. I have a friend around on Hall Street, Urelee Gordon who shines shoes occasionally. And I just love to go there to get a shoeshine. He can do more with just shining shoes than most people
can do with their Ph D ’s. He can get more music out of a rag shining shoes than Louis Armstrong can get out of a trumpet. And I just love to see him shine shoes. He has dignified shoeshining. And that is what men and women must come to
see-that anything can be dignified if the way that you do it and the enthusiasm that you put in it. As I like to say, if it falls your lot to be a street sweeper in life, sweep streets like Raphael painted pictures. Sweep streets like Michelangelo carved marble. Sweep streets like Beethoven composed music. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say, “Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well.” –Overcoming an Inferiority Complex, MLK


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