Reach Your Hand in Friendship and Dignity

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readFeb 6, 2024

How being the better person can make you…a better person.

Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

The Secondhand Inspiration Project begins with a motivational quote and ventures wherever the creative path meanders.

Arthur Ashe was an influential figure in both sports and civil rights activism. He became the first African American man to win a Grand Slam title in tennis and was ranked among the world’s top players during his career.

Beyond his athletic achievements, Ashe used his platform to advocate for racial equality, speaking out against discrimination and injustice. He faced numerous challenges, including racism in the tennis world and health issues, such as contracting HIV through a blood transfusion. Despite these obstacles, Ashe remained committed to promoting social change through education and activism.

His legacy extends beyond the tennis court, inspiring generations with his integrity, courage, and dedication to making a positive impact on society. Arthur Ashe’s contributions to both sports and civil rights make him an enduring and important figure in history. His quote –

“We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.”

- is a testimonial to the power of forgiveness and trying to be the “better person” in an increasingly petty world. Let’s break down this statement into its key elements.

“We must reach out our hand in friendship and dignity,…”

This emphasizes the importance of extending gestures of goodwill and respect toward others. It suggests we should approach interactions with an open heart and a sense of nobleness, treating others with kindness and respect regardless of their stance toward us.

“…both to those who would befriend us and those who would be our enemy.”

This part highlights inclusivity in our approach toward others. It suggests our acts of friendship and dignity should not be limited to those who are already nice toward us but should also extend to those who may perceive themselves as our rivals…

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Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity · www.adrianspotter.com