Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

The challenge ahead

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I woke up this morning thinking about John Lewis, the scenes from yesterday playing over and over in my head. The woman speaking in Selma, “We are all John’s disciples. He left us the road map, all we have to do is be brave enough to follow it.” His ride over the bridge, stopping at the top for heartbreaking moments. The symbolism.

I never met John Lewis, though some members of my truck safety family have. He championed our causes like he championed causes for all people who were marginalized. He had a heart big enough to hold us all.

Yesterday it was said he crossed the bridge for the last time but this morning I find myself disagreeing.

I think that every time someone holds out a hand to pull someone else along, John crosses the bridge. Each time an honest conversation is had between people that wouldn’t have spoken before, John crosses the bridge. Whenever an individual gets a hand up and breaks the cycle of poverty, or abuse, or illiteracy, John crosses the bridge.

And the best part? We all get to cross that bridge with him. Over and over and over again until this country is the country it was meant to be. John Lewis’ shoulders are big enough to carry us all, and we are grateful for his strength.

Let’s be brave enough to follow the road map he left us. Because don’t think for one minute that he’s resting now, I imagine he’s making sure all things are right in the next life. And he’s watching to see what we do here with his legacy.

I wouldn’t want to disappoint him.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

26 thoughts on “The challenge ahead

  1. Lots of truths here. I wouldn’t want to disappoint him either. Thank you for the reminder that the work continues.

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  2. Beautifully said, Dawn. I agree we must follow the map he left us, and extend hands to all.

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  3. Great post. A great little tribute to a great life.

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  4. This post brought tears to my eyes. Especially “He had a heart big enough to hold us all.” Beautiful, Dawn.

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  5. Great post. A couple of years ago I read Lewis’s graphic novels – March #1-3. They are written for late middle school early high school students. I was hoping to use them for a civil rights unit, but decided the project was too big to finish the year. But the books were good and Ralf the story of his activism and beliefs from organizing the lunch counter protests to the March at Selma. We owe much to the folks who have gone before us… and our debt to them is to keep moving forward, one day at a time, making each day count. Peace.

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  6. Such a big beautiful heart to hold us all. There is so much heart here in your blog post, too.

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    • I think all of our hearts can enlarge to include everyone. I don’t even think it’s that hard, it just has to be a conscious decision from each person to let everyone in. Wouldn’t the world be different if that were to happen.

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  7. I don’t want to disappoint him either. There’s plenty of work to be done … for ALL of us!

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  8. Beautiful post, Dawn.

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  9. Truth.

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  10. Hi Dawn,

    What a heartfelt tribute to a great man who dedicated his life to helping others. May we honor his memory by doing our part to carry on his legacy.

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  11. Dawn this is lovely and just right for today. I watched most of it – made choice to stick with TV and not get in line because of heat and the many thousands of people who are distanced and masked but Are so many, they constitute a big crowd. I don’t think it’s possible to socially distance when there are so many people on the sidewalks. I took a few photos but they don’t do it justice (no pun intended!)

    Today we had a nice surprise – the motorcade went directly past our house instead of on 1st Street for the stop at Supreme Court. I had to run out reAlly fast once I realized this and Cleve was able to get a few photos of me (from the back) as the hearse went by. Not a great photo but funny cause I am one of two or three people who were there at that time. It will serve the purpose of knowing I was there when we look back. Will send after this.

    My friend Doug Tanner was at the rotunda memorial and is coming back tomorrow to have a longer audience with John when Steny Hoyer (majority whip) Walks him In. He got me a program for my little stash of things. So it was a good day.

    Never give up, Keep the Faith, photos next, Judie

    Sent from my IPhone Judith Lee Stone 15 2nd Street NE Washington DC. 20002 202-277-6192 Judie@jlstone.us

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    • I’m glad you got to say a personal goodbye as he passed your home. I thought of you as I watched the end of the funeral (I was driving home for most of it), hoping you had been able to pay your respects. Not that the Congressman needed that said out loud. I’m pretty sure he knew you respected and loved him, and he returned the feelings. That’s the kind of guy he was.

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