As we celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr holiday, we can reflect on a life full of positive influence and courage - all from one man. He inspired those around him to fight for civil rights through non-violence. Dr. King preached love for all - no matter race, creed, beliefs - even if they hated him. It didn't matter. Love could solve the worst situations, open the hardest of hearts and bring light to the darkness. He knew the only way to overcome challenges was to stand together, as one being of hope, dreams and love.
I have always believed that our transition into the afterlife means that our work on the earth is done for that lifetime. However, that doesn't mean that our legacy, our ideas and how we treated people will not live on and be remembered. Even though Martin Luther King Jr. has been gone for over 40 years, he left a legacy behind that has changed the world. We still can do better in treating everyone with kindness, compassion, love and equality but Dr. King pointed out to us that we had a choice to react with love or hate and the only logical choice was love. Let's hope the words of Dr. King will continue to inspire us to greater things, as Americans and people.
What do we want to be remembered for? Dr. King didn't want to be remembered as a Nobel Peace Prize winner or for all his awards, he wanted to be remembered for more.
Martin Luther King: "If any of you around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell him not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want him to say, tell him not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize, that isn't important. Tell him not to mention that I have 300 or 400 other awards, that's not important. Tell him not to mention where I went to school.
"I'd like somebody to mention that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to give his life serving others. I'd like for somebody to say that day that Martin Luther King Jr. tried to love somebody.
"I want you to say that day that I've tried to be right on the walk with them. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try to feed the hungry. I want you to be able to say that day that I did try in my life to clothe all [the] naked. I want you to say on that day that I did try in my life to visit those who were in prison. And I want you to say that I tried to love and serve humanity.
"Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major. Say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter."
When we doubt our worth, our impact, our life purpose, remember what Dr. King stood for in his short time here. We too can make an impact of love each and every day.
Let's keep Martin Luther King Jr's dream alive.
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