Over this past weekend I had to play for a memorial service for the late William H. Gray. I hope you don’t mind, but today I would like to share my experience with you for my Daily Thought. Because Mr. Gray was the very first Black “Majority Whip” leader, he held a special place in history. That meant that some “fairly heavy” dignitaries were expected in attendance for the service. At first the only national dignitary that I recognized was Andrew Young, a prominent political figure during the time of Martin Luther King. My father, Elton Jolly, used to work for OIC (Opportunities Industrialization Centers) under the late Leon H. Sullivan, so my father got to hang with people like Mr. Young and Dr. King a lot. Since I was sitting so close to him, I asked him if he remembered my father and he replied that he most certainly did, and then asked how he was doing. Then some lady excused herself as she almost stepped on my foot to get to her seat. I didn’t think much about it until I noticed that it was Hillary Clinton, wife of Bill Clinton and recent candidate for President of the United States. I couldn’t believe that the CIA even allowed her to sit so close to me, but there she was. Also, another political figure, Vernon Jordan, was there as well. I remembered my father talking about him back in the day, so I asked him if he remembered my dad and to my happiness he did as well. Of course, there were other political figures there that I “couldn’t” recognize, but the MAIN figure walked through and was recognized “instantly.” Former President Bill Clinton was one of the speakers for the service, and it was a pleasure to see him in person. While a lot of these people “profiled” themselves in the public eye, I was busy playing (but also assessing the atmosphere). You see, as “big” as these celebrities were, I was contemplating what made them so much different than me, and that is what today’s Daily Thought is all about. You see, I came to the realization that “Great people in history are only ordinary people who just happened to do great things.”While their feats and accomplishments are well known I came to realize that they put their shoes on just like “anyone else.” People revere them, idolize them and respect them as though they are “higher” life forms. The truth is that they really “are not” and they are no more perfect than you or I. Even though Bill Clinton was in the “highest” employed position (President) even HE had a “human” moment while in the Oval office. I came to the realization that the value of life depends on what we make of it. While it was an honor to be in the presence of such important dignitaries I also came to the conclusion that one day I hope to be on the same level as they are. In order to do that, I also need to “reach for my own destiny.” Stay tuned… I will give you “updates” along the way…. Thank you so much for allowing me to share my experience with you today, and I sincerely hope that YOUR day today is a “fulfilling” one.
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Robin Roberts and Brett Jolly