by Joanie Butman
Beginning with Eve, history is merely a record of individual choices and their ripple effect. By studying past decisions, we gain a perspective that better prepares us to make our own. History is littered with monumental decisions, but also the simplest of ones that led to individual, national and global transformation.
Rosa Park’s decision not to give up her seat on the bus is one that comes to mind. One quiet lady gained the nation’s attention sparking the birth of the civil rights movement. I don’t think she was trying to change the world. Maybe she was just too tired. It doesn’t really matter. That small decision affected our world in ways she never imagined. When interviewed she commented, "All I was doing was trying to get home from work."
Even though we all have the capacity, most of us will not have the opportunity to be a Rosa Parks, or maybe we will. Either way, we all have a story to tell. As my friend, Jack, commented in his interview, “If you don’t have a story, you haven’t had a life.”
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