martin luther king day: life's blueprint 2014

We draw Martin Luther King each year on this day.  Today I found this quote:

"If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can't be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill."

I remember my parents reminding us that everyone should be very good at something and someone (us, in this case) should be very good at taking the trash out.  "It's an important job that should be done as if it is.  And every society needs someone to do it."

I wonder if they had heard MLK's "Life's Blueprint" speech?  No wonder I'm encouraged to be a dedicated sweeper of floors - and more.