Clumsily

“On April 5, 1968, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot, Bobby [Kennedy] spoke to a crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, with a speech that left a lasting impression on me.  ‘Whenever we tear at the fabric of life which another man has painfully and clumsily woven for himself and his children,’ he said, ‘the whole nation is degraded.’

Clumsily.  That’s the word Bobby used.  We clumsily go about weaving the fabric of our lives.  It’s a beautiful sentence because it’s so true.  We just take a step, even if it’s a clumsy, stumbling one.  Sometimes we have to admit, ‘That wasn’t a very good move.  I’ll try this instead.’  Or  ‘Oops, I didn’t realize how expensive that was going to be.’  Or  ‘Oh dear, I didn’t realize that you loved me.’  But through it all we keep walking.  We keep living.  I didn’t become an actor because I was organized to become one.  I became an actor because it was my clumsy attempt to become myself.  We, all of us, just keep engaging in these clumsy attempts to realize ourselves.  It’s such a perfect expression of what it is to be human.”

Martin Sheen, Along The Way

 

 

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