Earlier this year the world lost John Lewis, who held a seat in Congress for almost 35 years. Lewis was an inspiration to many and was often referred to as “the conscience of Congress” by numerous colleagues. Congressman Lewis was revered for his fight for civil rights; not only was he one of youngest speakers in the March on Washington in 1963 (where Dr. King made his famous “I have a Dream” speech), Lewis also chaired the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Additionally, Lewis was one of the 13 original Freedom Riders and led the march from Selma to Montgomery, which became known as Bloody Sunday. In his efforts for equality, John Lewis was beaten and arrested many times, several of which occurred while he was a congressman. Clearly he was a troublemaker; and while he sought it out, Lewis only pursued the good kind of trouble. In fact, he believed it was our responsibility to seek out trouble and is known for saying “Get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”
John Lewis was stubborn, even at an early age he took a stand for things he believed in, regardless how small the cause. I recently heard a story where as a child he refused to eat dinner because he did not want what was being served by his parents; he has always been a man of principal, and a troublemaker.
Lewis has shown us that at any age, getting into trouble is not all bad, he applied seeking out and getting into trouble throughout his fight against social injustice; sometimes, causing good trouble is the only way to get things done. Many of us are told we can’t do something or can’t accomplish a goal or vision we have. For some, when they hear that a goal of theirs cannot be reached, they give up. For others, they refuse to take no for an answer; they disrupt the norm, go against the tide and do what they believe; they cause trouble. That same type of thinking can be applied to almost anything we do if we truly believe in our cause. Causing some trouble is sometimes the only way to succeed!
“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” -John Lewis
This weekend cause some good trouble 😉