Today rather than sharing an inspirational quote, I thought we could discuss an inspirational individual. Although it’s after the official celebration, we do have February and Black History Month coming up. You’re probably familiar with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is famous for his 1963 peace rally in Washington DC with his I have a dream speech. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspirational person.
Dreams: Dr. King had dreams, he shared his dreams with not just “his people” but with everyone. He wasn’t afraid to talk with those he didn’t know or worry that someone wouldn’t like him. He put his dreams first and fears second.
Everybody can be great: He didn’t limit anyone’s abilities or dreams. He was one of the most outspoken people about anyone being able to be not only great, but a powerful vehicle for change and transformation.
Everybody can serve and make a difference: no matter how young or old you are you can do something good and helpful for someone else.
Hope, healing, freedom: Dr. King’s message is one that is always applicable, but so much more now. As we’re getting into 2011, we need more hope, healing and freedom than ever, from the recession, and for the earth.
Values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service: Dr. King’s insistence on everyone having values grows from the very document and values the USA was based on. These values should be available for and lived by everyone today.
Universal, unconditional love, forgiveness and nonviolence: The movement in the 60’s wasn’t all about protesting, as we see so many groups today, it was about love for everyone, forgiveness to those who hadn’t shown love in the past, and it provided a nonviolent opportunity for safe, and necessary, change.
Have a voice: In 2011 there are more ways than ever to have a voice. There are blogs, Facebook, Twitter, radio shows and other ways you can share your voice and have your message heard.
Have a vision: Dr. King didn’t just protest, he had a dream that was bigger than the issue at hand. Don’t just be upset with where you are in life, have a vision and plan for the different life you will have in the future.
Take action: This is probably one of his best characteristics. Not only did Dr. King have a vision, and inspire people, but he made sure to put actions behind his words.
Today I encourage you to follow Dr. King’s lead. Have a dream and live it too! What actions will you take today and in the following weeks and months to make your dreams a reality?