You and I can be more like Martin Luther King, Jr.

I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.

TRIED. The very presence of this word inspires not only through the humility it conveys, but also in the hope it offers that our own, imperfect efforts are significant.

I don't know about you, but I worry about getting it wrong A LOT in the struggle for justice. King's words serve to remind me that nothing is possible without the attempt. If we remain accountable to others and learn from our mistakes, we can hold our heads high as we do the work, one groping step at a time.

This idea is freeing, and it is empowering. It is also a responsibility -- to do ever more, to learn as we go, and to create the just peace we seek.