Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day!
What a wonderful day to be alive! In the U.S., we are honoring the life of a man who thought enjoying life should be possible for everyone. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived for only 39 years but the spirit of his life continues to inspire us nearly 50 years after he gave his last speech.
Dr. King knew as well as anyone that life doesn’t have to be easy or problem free to be enjoyed. Every day of his life was a fight; a fight for freedom, equality, and justice. Yet he still celebrated life. Every day we wake up is a fight in some way. There are battles between the things we want to do, the things others want us to do, and what can actually be done. In that tension, there is always a place of balance, and that balance holds the possibility of gratitude and happiness even while the battles continue to escalate.
While visiting the King Monument today in Washington D.C., it was easy to see those moments of happiness found by people from all over the world of all walks of life. The tomorrow that Dr. King and many others fought for is here today. The people passing through King's Momument today who were laughing, chatting, and making friends, all woke up with very real obstacles that had to be faced throughout the day. Yet each kept moving toward a place balance, and found a few minutes to reflect on the wisdom of a man who fought his battles and celebrated his victories publicly to give us hope that good can come out of any struggle; even struggles that last a lifetime.
Some of us have the day off and others of us must go to work. No matter what’s happening today, take a moment to learn from others who found a way to smile, travel, and enjoy life even while the weight of the world was on their shoulders.
Sir Issac Newton said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” We stand on the shoulders of Dr. King and others who believed in us enough to lay down their lives to show us the way. Take time today to find the gifts in your life that they valued enough to die for. When you find those gifts, enjoy them and share them with others.
Enjoy life today!
"Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I'm happy tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!"
"I've Been To The Mountaintop" delivered April 3, 1968 at Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis Tennessee just one day before Dr. King was assassinated.