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It is 8:36 PM on a cloudy cold Thursday. I am buried under textbooks and paper work, stressed out about deadlines and what ifs? I couldn’t even tell you where I am about to start…
That’s a lie. I’m starting here. Sorry homework and work you’re on the back burner. No, I am not a procrastinator but recently I just see the “DUE” tomorrow more as “DO” tomorrow. Typically, I am a very motivated individual and get things done way ahead of time, but this, being my last term of school I am drastically lacking in that department. So much, that in fact yesterday I found myself cleaning out my sock drawer. Usually people refer to this as an analogy but I was literally matching various colors of polka dot socks.
The lack of motivation initially came upon me this Tuesday when my professor asked who read the 3 chapters (102 pages) of the textbook this weekend and the assigned cases. Now, first off let me give you the background of my week. I work full-time while also taking 20 credits. A full-time student is defined as being enrolled in 15 credits. As a organization guru with a knack of planning ahead, my schedule is prearranged to the point of when I shower. Take those 102 pages of dry, boring and long textbook readings which were to be read as of Tuesday and schedule that into my weekend. Realistically, it was read or shower and eat. We all know which won…
Did I feel bad? I mean sure, I paid $227 for that textbook. I’m practically costing myself money. Then this morning, my professor shows an hour long YouTube video on compassion for a history of globalization class. Keep in mind this is the same teacher who introduced the class with a twenty seven minute South Park clip. Is college the biggest scam or is that just what the articles persuade me to believe? Sometimes I take a step back and again, wonder the what if’s..
What if I was to approach my teacher and hand him an invoice for $94.45 essentially asking for a refund of the time it took away from my learning. That South Park episode I watched with my brother a year ago (which was completely inappropriate to show at a University) should not be an acknowledged form of academia.
What if I assigned my professor with readings from new technological companies on articles which are benefiting the future generation instead of cases that happened a hundred years ago. Sorry you do not know what a 3D printer is, or the basic fact of how to mute your cellular device during class.
The what if ‘s can be transformed into a business term which we refer to as opportunity costs. If this, than what are you giving up. Here is a question I have for you; if you were given the power to change one thing in the world, whether it be for you or someone else, what would it be and why?
Now, some of you might be thinking: I wish money did not control my life and make decisions for me, while others are wishing for world peace and yes, spring is right around the corner ladies so some of you are wishing for that perfect bikini body while consuming a mass amount of pizza.
Let’s back up a second, I am straying away from my main issue in this post, and that is my lack of motivation. But is it something that can be hindered or in my case demotivating me in these situations. Here I am, writing a fairly lengthy blog post in a matter of an hour but if you were to put my homework in front of me I would run and maybe even come clean out your sock drawer. The biggest question I have for you is; HOW do you motivate yourself? What transforms an awful agenda into something that you can look forward to?
I had lunch with a good friend today and she put it in perspective for me; you’re either all in or not and our generation is so obsessed with that idea essentially leading to addiction. Am I addicted to motivation? Is that possible? Who knows. Now, she also told me don’t be too busy making a living that you forget to make a life. It’s like she wants to be a psychologist or something (funny that I say that, it’s her major).
Thinking back on it, she could not have pinpointed it better.
Motivation can come from all sorts of things. However, it is up to you to grasp onto it and keep it.
Martin Luther King Jr.
August 28th, 1963.
250,000 people marched in Washington D.C.
All to hear ONE man speak. Some call him MLK, old friends call him M.L. and new friends call him Martin Luther King Jr.
I however, refer to him as the King.
To be apart of something that is bigger than yourself is by far the most inspiring action one can take. As a national civil rights leader and economic justice activist he changed the world for the better. The most powerful aspect of his movements is the fact that nothing was done with hate, but rather LOVE.
Here is an excerpt from a speech the King gave in 1956:
For many years I have longed to be able to come to see you. I have heard so much of you and of what you are doing. I have heard of the fascinating and astounding advances that you have made in the scientific realm. I have heard of your dashing subways and flashing airplanes. Through your scientific genius you have been able to dwarf distance and place time in chains. You have been able to carve highways through the stratosphere. So in your world you have made it possible to eat breakfast in New York City and dinner in Paris, France. I have also heard of your sky scraping buildings with their prodigious towers steeping heavenward. I have heard of your great medical advances, which have resulted in the curing of many dread plagues and diseases, and thereby prolonged your lives and made for greater security and physical well-being. All of that is marvelous. You can do so many things in your day that I could not do in the Greco-Roman world of my day. In your age you can travel distances in one day that took me three months to travel. That is wonderful. You have made tremendous strides in the area of scientific and technological development.
But America, as I look at you from afar, I wonder whether your moral and spiritual progress has been commensurate with your scientific progress. It seems to me that your moral progress lags behind your scientific progress. Your poet Thoreau used to talk about “improved means to an unimproved end.” How often this is true. You have allowed the material means by which you live to outdistance the spiritual ends for which you live. You have allowed your mentality to outrun your morality. You have allowed your civilization to outdistance your culture. Through your scientific genius you have made of the world a neighborhood, but through your moral and spiritual genius you have failed to make of it a brotherhood. So America, I would urge you to keep your moral advances abreast with your scientific advances.”
When I was little, I would observe the holiday not knowing exactly why. Now, I celebrate the holiday to better the people and community around me through his accomplishments. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., do something to enhance others. Whether it be big or small, the action is appreciated.
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