Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Today we honor the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What a man he was! He was an amazing speaker, motivator, and worked hard for equality and freedom for all people. He and many others changed things and for that I am truly grateful.
As a former speechwriter, I know the challenge of writing words that will inspire and motivate others. Dr. King had this skill beyond most. He was eloquent, moving, and called people to peaceful action. I have learned so much from him, his words, and his mission in life.
It is amazing to look back 50 years and see how some were treated. I have wept at movies I have watched that have brought it all to life and sat stunned that anyone could be treated so poorly. I realize that there are still things that need changing, but great strives have been made. I hope we can remember to be kind and loving to all people.
While there is still much to be done with relations between races, I am blessed to have a child who doesn’t see these differences in his friends. He likes them for who they are, not what they look like. His class at school is diverse and he knows and likes kids from many varied backgrounds. I feel so fortunate for this.
May we always remember to be kind to one another, to love and not hate, to bear one another’s burdens, to not judge others, and to practice the golden rule of treating others as we want to be treated.
Some of my favorite quotes by Dr. King are:
- “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
- “Hatred paralyzes life; hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”
- “We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
- “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.'”
- “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”
- “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
- “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenges and controversy.”
- “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”
- “A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
- “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
- “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”
May you have a blessed day!
(Photography Note: This photo is of Ian and one of his dear friends. I didn’t want to post their entire faces in order to retain their privacy. Hopefully you can still see the friendship of two close buddies.)