Today is Martin Luther King Day in the United States. On this day we celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest leaders. I want to reflect on what is commonly knowns to as his “I Have a Dream” speech.
Lessons I learned from MLK
Never give up on your dreams.
I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Sometimes things don’t always go as you want them to.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige, and even his life for the welfare of others.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
It is not about you.
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Violence isn’t the answer , love is.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you see injustice of any kind stand up and do something.
“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Believe in yourself.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Live life with a purpose.
I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thank you, Martin Luther King, Jr, for inspiring, teaching, and guiding this nation. Today as our nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., let his life be an example that inspires you and encourages you.