Today, what will be our history?

Today, we celebrate the legacy of a man who brought about change through his philosophies, his words and his actions.   While the work of Martin Luther King is a lasting testament to conviction, courage, commitment, and others, there is much work left to be done in the fight against inequality.   Not limited to race, but to poverty, to human rights, and much more, the world has as many questions as we move forward each and every day trying to right wrongs and move forward in a way that treats everyone with mutual respect.

With that being said, when we look back on history we tend to applaud those that were auspiciously unpopular doing what was deemed as rather inappropriate, even illegal, at the time.  Likewise, after years of unraveling that what was hailed as being so great is often seen much differently.   History has a way of filling in the gaps that are not always visible in the present moment.

Martin Luther King addressed injustice in a society that did not necessarily want to hear what he had to say.   Today, who are the most monumental leaders and what events will stand the test of time?   Today, who will history treat as kindly?

Today, are their injustices, in if so, which ones are worth fighting for?  Today, what is the appropriate platform for public discourse?  Today, when is it appropriate to protest and at what point is it not only your right but your duty?  Today, what is pushing us forward and what is pulling us backwards?

In remembrance, and in reflection, may we find the conviction to do what is right even if it is wildly unpopular.   May we have the courage to seek love, because love is too much of a burden to carry.  And, may we have the commitment to better not only ourselves, but our neighbors, our cities, our states, and our country, and the world in which we all share together in one large global community.

 

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Thank You…I Am Grateful

Thank you…..
I am grateful.
For all those few who speak
up while everyone else stays
silent

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) – Galileo was willing to challenge the orthodoxy of the church through his own scientific discoveries. This commitment to truth and science came despite personal threats to his well-being.

Thank you….
I am grateful
For all those special few
who fight with all their might
for peace

Socrates  (469 BC–399 BC) – Greek philosopher. Socrates was willing to die for his beliefs. Arrested for his philosophic teachings, Socrates was willing to accept death rather than change his opinions and beliefs. It is said he calmly accepted his fate.

Thank you…
I am grateful
For all those who do what
is right even if it is extremely
unpopular

Edith Cavell  Nurse in Belgium during World War One. Arrested and executed for helping Allied servicemen escape back to England. Shortly before her execution, said ‘Patriotism is not enough. I must have no hatred or bitterness towards anyone.’

Thank you…
I am grateful
For all those wonderful ones
who gave the ultimate sacrifice
for another

Maximilian Kolbe (1894-1941 )  A Polish Franciscan priest. During the Polish occupation, he was arrested twice by the Nazis but continued to offer shelter to Jews and Polish refugees. In 1941, he was sent to Auschwitz concentration camp, where he volunteered to take the place of a man condemned to death, showing great courage, faith and dignity.

Thank you…
I am grateful
For all those few
who conquered with love
in lieu of hate

Witold Pilecki (1901 – 1948) During WW2 Pilecki joined the underground Polish resistance. In 1943, he volunteered to smuggle himself into Auschwitz concentration camp so he could report on the holocaust to the allies. He then escaped Auschwitz and took part in the Warsaw uprising of 1944. In 1948, he was executed by the Stalinist secret police for retaining loyalty to the non-Communist Polish government.

Courage

Stand Up

In a world
that can
get you down
beat you down
keep you down

STAND
UP

for yourself
and for others

Don’t let
the world
get you down
beat you down
keep you down

STAND
UP

for yourself
and for others

Don’t allow
the world
to get them down
beat them down
keep them down

STAND
UP

for yourself
and for others

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The world
may be playing
follow the leader
Tag you’re it
Red rover red rover
send the next one on over
Oh, he’s not up to par?
kick the can
Next one in
Red light green light go
Oh, no
Mother may I?
find another?
One who’s not
blind man’s bluff
Up to snuff
Simon Says
We’re all
marbles

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