In parts of the United States of America we officially celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr Day. This year the life of Dr.King and his greatest teachings resonate on my mind and heart more than ever.
I am reminded of his values of love, commitment, acceptance, unity and hope. This week, I urge you to demonstrate these values in your interactions with others this day, week, month and year. Let’s make 2017 a year of diverse beliefs demonstrated through hopeful and peaceful understanding that it is not what makes us different that makes us great. It is the love and acceptance we have for other people that makes life great.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where do you want to stand this year?
What do you want to be measured by?
“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I am making a decision to stick with love. I am making a decision to demonstrate love. I am making a decision to teach love to my children by the way I talk and the way I act.
“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
No matter the disappointment we experience, the hope of the unknown is more important the anger of the moment. There was a time when people thought the idea of a man on the moon was ridiculous, hope and belief in something better made it possible. There was a time when the idea of self driving cars were a thing only found in the Jetsons, but hope and belief made it possible.
Hope and belief create love. Love and commitment will always extinguish hate. On this day of rememberance, focus on the fact that “We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
As you move through life this year, live tolerance and acceptance. Happy Birthday Dr. King.
Til next time,
“Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.