I have always believed that our individual stories are influenced greatly by the stories that came before us. Our ancestors lived their own stories without knowing how much their individual biographies would influence ours. They lived every day authentically with the hope of a better future, just as we are each doing today.
Appreciating the authentic American story of another hinges on first understanding our own story. This week’s Journal Challenge prompt encourages us to examine our own American story. Who are you? What is your story? What person has history prompted you to become?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said:
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
Each of our individual stories are a step on the American staircase. We don’t always see what is ahead and we don’t always know what each additional step will lead to, but in living we take those steps and hope that each one leads to a new day with more good.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a wise man with a great dream for individual steps (stories) leading to a better future. He believed that we are not makers of history, instead we are made by history. Dr. King’s story has influenced generation upon generation to live as a true American ‘melting pot,’ together with equality for all.
How has Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s story influenced your own? What is your story?
Share your story and how it has been influenced by Martin Luther King Jr. on your own blog and link up below. The American story is devised by the combination of our individual stories. How will your step in the American staircase influence future generations? Be sure to mention in your post that you are linking up to the 2013 FOLK Journal Challenge. For a list of future, weekly writing prompts visit the 2013 FOLK Journaling Agenda.
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