While Martin Luther King Jr.’s words were often quoted and most everyone can remember his “I have a dream” speech; one of my favorite speeches he gave was his Where do we go from here address to the Southern Christian Leadership Conference on August 16, 1967 in Atlanta.
He spoke about love and power and his choice on the matter. The words that have stuck with me are:
“And I say to you, I have also decided to stick with love, for I know that love is ultimately the only answer to mankind’s problems….and I say to myself that hate is too great a burden to bear. I have decided to love…”
Beautiful and poignant words that are still relevant today. Just think what changes could come about if everyone worldwide believed like he did?
If you visit http://mlkday.gov, you can search to see if your city offers service related projects throughout the week. These projects are focused on serving you local neighbors and communities. I searched my zip code and found projects ranging from clothing donations and feeding the hungry to donating your time visiting an elderly shut-in’s home. What better way to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s memory by offering your time and dedication to a local cause? If you find yourself with a little extra free time [and I know how hard that is], plan to make a difference in someone else’s life.
In other words, decide to LOVE.
Hovering high and low, Helicopter Mom and Just Plane Dad