I can think of three different sets of words that inspired me;
1961. John F Kennedy’s inaugural speech which contained the line;
And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.
I know that this was addressed to the American nation but as a young man it really affected me, as did the speech three years later by Martin Luther King Jnr, which famously contained the phrase;
I have a dream.
Later that same year President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, and the world was suddenly very frightened. Martin Luther King suffered the same fate in 1968. Unfortunately, both men seemed less saintly as history revealed more about them, but both had a deep and lasting effect on me.
Fast forward to 2020
Captain Tom Moore began his walk around the garden at home, firstly as the result of a £10.00 ‘dare’ from his son in law and then suddenly as an effort to raise £1000.00 for the NHS locally. As we all know now that £10.00 went on to become 39 million pounds and brought both national and international recognition for him.
He received a knighthood in 2020 and became known fondly as Captain Sir Tom Moore and he told the world;
Tomorrow will be a good day
They are words that should inspire us all, along with his rendition of You’ll Never Walk Alone’ with the NHS Choir and Micheal Ball which reached number one overnight
Yesterday, the 2nd of February 2020 Captain Sir Tom Moore sadly passed away but he will rightly be remembered for being an inspiration to a nation in the darkest of times since the end of the second world war.
I believe that his words will stay with me as long as those from John F Kennedy and Martin Luther King but his will probably have more effect on the future generations.
So when you get your rollator out next think to yourself;
Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country, for I have a dream that tomorrow will be a good day!
And let those words lead you to a better and more positive place in the world.