A Tribute: Dr. Martin Luther King’s Immortal Lessons

“Our Lives Begin To End The Day We Become Silent About Things That Matter.” -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

First, I’d like to acknowledge how afraid many people are to use the color red when they write. Personally, I love it. Especially in a post like this. #TakeChances

I know many of you have been flooded on your timelines and social media avenues today with several MLK day posts, I intend to make this one much different from much of what you’ve seen. There were many statements made by our notable and quotable Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that should currently become the driving force of inspiration in our lives. Many of these quotes have become overlooked by societies foundation to host a popularity contest of what is considered profoundA few on this list you may have heard or read but many have gone unnoticed. Regardless, I’d like you to reflect on the list below and remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., not only for who he was but who he is.

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  • “True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar; it comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring.”
    • Related to Today: We have become a people with a skewed view on what compassion really is. Giving to someone without a home or in need is wonderful, but changing their circumstance and the system that led them to homelessness is truly the key. Let’s get to the root of our issues as a society and in our homes, workplaces and communities.
  • “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”
    • Related to Today: Again, we see that it’s all about perspective. Asking yourself what you have to offer can go a long way, but it’s up to you to change your perspective and realize that the smallest things you do, consistently and from the heart are great contributions to the world.
  • “There can be no deep disappointment where there is not deep love.”
    • Related to Today: When we care, and I mean truly care, we will often find ourselves disappointed. Why? Because we want so badly to see the successes we’ve envisioned, we focus consistently on the outcome of greatness. Realize that disappointments often should be held at the highest esteem as it then shows our truest quality of humanity.
  • An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
    • Related to Today: Here’s one I wish we could see more of. Too often we grow focused on our day to day challenges of what we’ve grown wired to find important and I’m not suggesting what you feel is important, isn’t. However, I would like you to see that we grow beyond wrapped up in the concept of day to day challenges on an individual basis (selfishness) that we lose sight of the concerns of humanity. We are all going through something but how can we use our emotions of our individualistic challenges to drive results toward a greater humanity?
  • “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”
    • Related to Today: This one I struggle with and I know we all struggle with. If anyone knew anything about forgiveness it was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He lived forgiveness. In reflecting on his journey, through every obstacle our world-changer constantly reminded others to forgive, even in the most disappointing times. Growing up, I never realized how he did it. Honestly, even now it’s a complex idea. Searching the internet and coming across this quote, however, placed everything into perspective. Even in the most trying times, MLK was able to forgive because the concept of forgiving became his attitude, not just an occasional choice. I’d like to say that I’ll carry this one in my pocket for life, well, at least try to.
  • “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”
    • Related to Today: I’d like to end with this one. I get it, you’re human. It’s often hard for us to appreciate life’s gentle pleasures being so wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of moving forward. Then life’s catastrophic events occur (the darkness) and we realize how absolutely friggin’ awesome we’ve had it all along. I’d like to encourage you to find a way – even in wee hours of the daylight to appreciate the stars, those nouns (people, places and things…just in case you don’t remember from elementary school), to be thankful for. You get the best choice of all, choosing which nouns in your life hold the most value, which nouns you need to appreciate and hold on to. Remember, don’t wait for the darkness, appreciate your stars.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was true testament of maintaining strong mentality, character and hope beyond reality. May your Mental Monday provide you with nothing less than the inspiration of his tenacity to achieve your goals and change the world.

Oxxo (Because If You Believe You Can, You WILL),LUV,Tay

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