Today is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day in America and for many, they have the day off. For some, like me, they are working. Then there are those who are sharing quotes by Dr. King and posting images to prove their care to the greater world. It is great that there are so many expressing the importance of the day. It means that his words, his dream is not lost on society. Yet it is a grab bag of a day, unfortunately. The meaning of the day is lost on so many - instead marking just another day where marketers claw at the black space of human uncertainty.
It is okay, if you don't do anything per se, as long as you reflect on this day. Reflect on an American who gave his life for his beliefs and for the message in his heart. Reflect on what it means to truly be an American, a human, and someone who fights for the causes of everyone, not just their self.
Dr. King's message has never been more necessary than it is now. Not just in America and for Black Americans, but for the World. His goal of freedom from racism and oppression is a message that speaks to the human heart at a time when American Presidential candidates are pushing intolerance and hate; when the Middle East is eating itself alive; when police injustice and brutality is begging for reformation; when gun sales in America have increased and the topic has divided neighbors, not just political parties; when education is no longer valuable; when there are no jobs for anyone anywhere in the world anymore; and most importantly, when people have no trust in each other.
Many of the issues listed above were occurring in some variation during Dr. King's fight for racial justice and they are still ongoing now. The question really is now are we ready to open our hearts the way he, and so many other powerful and influential leaders, did to bring about change?
Hearted S2 has always been about seeing the love, even at the moments that are the most difficult, when things seem bleak or intolerable. When life seems to be close to ending. There is always a chance if we allow it. If we believe in the magic that is in our own hearts and in the hearts of others.
So today, I'll share this quote from the endless sea of powerful words Dr. King shared with us and left behind:
"When evil men plot, good men must plan. When evil men burn and bomb, good men must build and bind. When evil men shout ugly words of hatred, good men must commit themselves to the glories of love."
I am committed to the planning, the building and binding, and the glories of love. I hope you are too!