OPINION | Ordinary Jobs, Extraordinary Heroes – Tribute to Dr Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once shared a beautiful thought: 

“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”

Imagine a street sweeper who takes such pride in their work, they sweep with the passion of an artist. 

They transform that simple task into a masterpiece, so every bit of dust swept away sings a silent song of dedication.

That’s the magic Dr. King wanted us to see, the power we hold to make even the smallest jobs matter. 

We don’t need fancy titles or grand gestures to leave a mark. It’s in the extra sprinkle of kindness in our words, the careful touch in our actions, that we truly shine.

So today, let’s celebrate everyday heroes. 

Let’s celebrate the waiter who goes the extra mile, the teacher who lights a spark in their students’ eyes, the neighbour who shares a warm smile. 

Together, these tiny sparks of care grow into a bonfire of goodness, making the world a brighter, warmer place. 

Even the smallest pebble creates ripples that reach far and wide.

By Dr Roche Mamabolo

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