In Memoriam

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It’s a day we celebrate and acknowledge both a man and an idea. I don’t pretend to believe that racism is dead. It’s a vile concept that still lives and breathes in the hearts of too many. But to the degree that things are better, we all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to the courage and efforts and sacrifice of Dr King.

I hope you’ll take a moment to reflect on just how far things have come in the last 40-50 years, and then ask yourself to stay awake, to ‘see’ opportunities where you can make things better in your part of this world. We ALL have a responsibility to take the legacy of great men like Dr King, to take the legacy of what they accomplished and not to merely celebrate it but to own it, to cherish it, and to strive to further it. Such men sacrificed greatly so that our children could grow up in a better world. And it is our responsibility to keep that mission moving forward.

And in a world filled with so much hate and bitterness and strife, I exhort all of you to watch your heart and your words. We don’t all have to agree with each other, but let us at least agree with each other on this: we are ALL in this together. Work to make things better. If you disagree with someone, do it from a spirit of love and respect, from a gentle, humble heart. There is so much disagreement in America today that is based on anger and hate and jealously and strife. No good fruit comes from those things and if we allow those emotions and behaviors to become acceptable, to take root and flourish, we will see more senseless tragedies in the months and years to come.

A client of mine emailed me today and told me about a song he likes to listen to each year on this day. Here’s a beautiful video of it that I hope touches and moves you as it moved me.

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