Aahh, sleeping in on a Monday. Writing a blog post in the morning in my pajamas in my bed. Heavenly. I know I will spend ALL day reading and writing blogs. I love an extra day off during the week, but I try to be mindful of why we are out of school (while I relish the extra time lounging in bed and being a totally bum).
I didn't watch the Golden Globes last night, but I watched all the recaps, and I was very moved by Octavia Spencer's acceptance speech for her supporting role in The Help. She mentioned Martin Luther King, Jr, and one of his famous quotes, saying, "All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence." Um, wow! That's going on the whiteboard at school tomorrow. I wasn't actually familiar with the quote, but I LOVE the idea.
She was rightfully defending the oft-scoffed job as an actor, but it clearly can apply to any aspect of life. Let me discuss shallow pursuits first. I often have to defend myself and my blogging. Not because people make fun of it, but because people don't understand it. "So you take pictures of yourself and put it on the internet. Why?" I get the impression that I am either viewed as crazy, egotistical, or severely misinformed about my actual fashion prowess. What's the point. they wonder. But I know I am making a difference. I know I am doing a worthwhile thing. I know I am uplifting humanity. So it should be treated with dignity and importance. I have women tell me(both in my blogging world and in real life) that I encourage them and boost their confidence. I give them the courage to try something new or the push to get out of a rut. I cannot express in words how wonderful that feels.
In my everyday life I am a high school teacher. Can you imagine a job more fitting to King's quote? I have the opportunity everyday to influence someone's life- to encourage and inspire- and I should do this with painstaking excellence, not in a halfway manner. But think of all the other professions which are ignored or humiliated- fast food worker, waste disposal services, blue-collar workers. Are they not uplifting humanity? Then why are they treated like a lower class of citizen, like what they do is embarrassing or unimportant? Clearly this is more of a Labor Day post, but it was laying heavily on my mind this morning, so that's what you get.
I am posting this quote in my classroom tomorrow because i think it will spark conversation. Conversation that needs to be had. And I have a renewed drive to perform with painstaking excellence, not just phone things in. Happy MLK Day!
* IF YOU NEED ANYMORE TRUTH FROM ME TODAY, CHECK OUT MY GUEST POST OVER AT MODAMAMA'S SERIES MAMAHOOD EXPOSED. BUT BE FOREWARNED, IT IS NOT A FASHION POST, IT IS A VERY REAL AND HONEST POST ABOUT STRUGGLING AS A MOTHER. HOPE YOU ENJOY IT!