Monday, January 21, 2013

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King

A repeat from last year's post about a great man.  I was telling my PG that I grew up thinking very differently about him, because of what was talked about in my home.  It makes me sad to think about how my parents thought back in the 50's and 60's.  It makes me grateful to know I didn't continue to carry on with that thinking.

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.  He had a dream.  A dream that certainly couldn't be fulfilled overnight.  A dream not just for himself, but for mankind.  "I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the the content of their character."  Isn't that beautiful?    
I'm glad that I've witnessed in my lifetime a shift in how people/races interact with one another.  One man spoke up to voice what others felt in their hearts and moved us to the healing that humankind so sorely needed.  You see, as long as we hold those prejudices and hates, we are not free.  We are shackled by those hates; that anger.  And until we decide that what's on the outside really doesn't matter and that the only thing that matters is what's in someone's heart, we will never be free.  He said it best when he said: 
..."Let freedom ring. And when this happens, and when we allow freedom ring -- when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children -- black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics -- will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!"
Whether or not you have the day off today, have a wonderful day!  And just send a quick note of gratitude to your higher power that we were blessed to have heard the words from Dr. King's heart. 
This is my 200th post.  It's taken me forever to get here, and I really would like to post more often.  I'm just still looking for the voice!  Thanks for hanging in here with me!!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Just a Quick Post...

I know I've been MIA for quite a while.  Leanne over at From Chaos Comes Happiness addresses the why, because she's in the same place.

But I wanted to share with you a feel-good.

A friend of mine was lunching with one of her friends who is dealing with a lot of issues, and she was trying to talk her through solutions.  After her lunch, I received an email from my friend and this is a part of what she said: "...I told her about you and how you always have a positive slant to everything that happens in our lives.  Amazingly, she agrees - I'm lucky to have you as a friend!!  Thanks for being you!"

Amazing how such a simple acknowledgement made my day.  And I's easy to give that gift to anyone, anytime.  Doesn't cost a thing, yet it's priceless.

Try it.  Find the exceptionality in a relationship you have and tell the other person.  Make their day.  And notice the smile on YOUR face because of it.

And thanks for stopping by!!