Today, February 6th, Bob Marley fans all over the world celebrate the birth of this iconic and legendary musical hero. I am one of them. In fact, I spent most of the day today listening to his music and “jamming” in my office to many of his tunes I know oh so well. We all have our favorites. For me, “No Woman, No Cry”, “Redemption Song”, “One Love”, “Three Little Birds”, “Get Up, Stand Up” and “War” are on the top of my list. He was a true lyrical genius.
To fully understand the impact Bob Marley has made, however, we have to look beyond his music. True, his music transcended time, countries, races, and politics. I get chills listening to some of his songs. But what made Bob so great? From all accounts, Bob Marley was a charismatic soul! He was loved by many, but he also had his share of enemies. What made Bob Marley so great was his message and he used his music to deliver his message in spite of the consequences. His message was one of peace, equality, justice and love. The attack on his life proved his message was controversial, but it also proved he stood up for what he believed in and that made him a hero; It made him a legend!
A legend is often described as a very important or famous person. Very few of us will achieve the level of fame Bob Marley achieved. In fact, people are often revered only after they depart this earth and are no longer with us. But, we too can be legends. A very good friend of mine is always encouraging us to be a “Peacock Among Hens.” We should strive, in everything we do, to be an inspiration to others. Sometimes that means standing out from the crowd. Sometimes that means speaking up for those who don’t have the voice to speak for themselves. Sometimes that means being quiet in the midst of noise. Whatever, it is, let us try to be legends! Our impact may not be as great, but it will most certainly be felt!