Today is the day when we honor Martin Luther King, Jr., and personally I think it couldn’t have come at a better time. Given the tragic events of the last couple of weeks, I think we all need a reminder of how our country needs unity, not division. My pet project is, as you all know, returning civility to society, and Dr. King is a great inspiration. He championed seeing past our differences and treating people with respect, no matter their beliefs or skin color. And while we will reflect on him today, we really should be reflecting on him and striving to live his dream every day. Imagine how nicer the world will be.
With that, I leave you with a few choice quotes from Dr. King, as well as a challenge. Don’t think of this as merely a day off and excuse to climb back into bed. Think of it as a call to action, a reminder that we can be better than we are.
“People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.”
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
“Let no man pull you low enough to hate him.”