“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
This quote has always been special to me. Whether it’s your life, your job, your family…the message is real. Keep moving forward. Keep trying to reach that next branch and the next foothold. Today is a day to reflect and act. It’s a day to remember what you have and to be thankful.
For me, moving forward has to do with my writing. It’s easy to get complacent. To say, this is good enough. To not want to keep trying when the old reliable works. But at some point, the old reliable becomes not reliable. You have to stretch, to grow and to get a little scared. To try something that may not work for you, but works for the character. Maybe it’s moving into a sci-fi realm when all you’ve written is contemporary. Maybe it’s writing hotter than you’ve ever written. Or the other way, getting sweeter. It’s the pushing and trying. It’s getting to that next branch that matters. To be more than you were the day before.
So hug your family a little tighter. Call that friend you haven’t called in a while and tell them you care. Be thankful for what you have and try to be the best person you can be. Volunteer. Help your neighbors. Give of yourself. Use this day for more than a day to sleep in.
Do what you need to do and keep moving forward.