MLK Day- Words of Wisdom

Happy Martin Luther King Day! I know most of us are off school and work because of this significant day in history however, did you ever stop and wonder why Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an influential man who inspired thousands of people?

For today's blog, I thought it would be most appropriate to edify and share some of my favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King. I want to share my personal thoughts and/or how I will start applying his words of wisdom in my everyday life.

I feel we all read books that teach us so much, podcasts that are motivating and quotes that are inspiring. How we apply what we learn in my opinion, is true wisdom.

Please see below:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Wow! This quote hit me hard. Love and hate are such strong words that dictate how we treat and view others. I feel like it's easy to hate but hard on our physical and mental health and its hard to love (especially when one is wrong) however, love is healthy for us. Hate carries so much weight and baggage. Love is forgiving and understanding. I will make the commitment to choose love. I will choose to love because I love myself and don't want to hurt myself by carrying hate and grudges with me. Time to let MLK would say," Let no man pull you low enough to hate him."

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Faith. I encourage you all to choose faith because the opposite of faith is fear. Choose faith for others and for yourself. I have faith in you... start having faith in yourself. How do you expect someone to believe in you if you don't believe in yourself? Start believing and choose faith. I will make the commitment that in times of doubt, I will have faith.

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

What are you doing for others? Seriously, take the time to ask yourself that. Are you aiming to be a blessing in someone's life? You are remembered NOT by what you do but how you make people feel. Think about it, do people read resumes at funerals or share memories?

I encourage you to ask yourself what do you want to be remembered for? If you are having a difficult time answering that, start with focusing on yourself. What are your goals? You succeeding can be an inspiration in someone's life. I will make the commitment to be a blessing on someone's day. Simply by saying, Hello.