I love Martin Luther King, Jr. I love everything he stood for, and still stands for.
I love the nonviolent civil disobedience of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960’s and 70’s…of facing down anger and hatred with love, compassion, courage and a determination to live the kind of life each of us has a right to.
I’m not interested in writing a history lesson. There are plenty of good places to go if that’s what you’re after.
I’m more interested in the present, and what you’re doing with YOUR life…NOW.
Because if you listen to Dr. King closely, he had one eye on what was happening then with black people (his words)…
…and one eye on the future…when people are judged, “not by the color of their skin, but on the content of their character.”
What he really wanted was to give everyone a chance to live out their Divine purpose, and not get tripped up by silliness like what color your skin is.
His biggest lesson for me, a white Jewish guy is the willingness to step outside one’s comfort zone.
Because if you think your life is gonna get any better by doing the same old thing, thinking the same old thing, reacting to life the same old way….
You know better.
Thanks to Martin Luther King, Jr. and many others, the struggle isn’t so much outside anymore.
(No matter what Wall Street does or what the politicians tell you.)
The challenge is inside.
Break the barriers.
Break the bondage of bad habits and poverty thinking.
Open your mind and your heart.
Let the blessings in.
I”m proud to share it.
I’m proud to sell it.
Yeah, a few bucks to build the framework for a better life.
When you think about what others had to go through to achieve their liberty.
When you think about what people in other parts of the world are going through now.
You had better appreciate all the good stuff you have.
And you have a responsibility to actively design your own life.
Or don’t whine when any outside force takes your choices from you.
Happy Birthday, Dr. King.
Thanks for blazing a trail…for all of us.