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Motivation Mondays: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Most Inspired Quotes


“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” Martin Luther King Jr., I Have a Dream, 1963.

Dr. M. L. King holding a press conference outside Gracie Mansion, New York 1964

Dr. M. L. King, Jr., holding a press conference outside Gracie Mansion, New York 1964

Motivation Mondays: Communication – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) left a rich legacy of both memorable acts of courage and an impressive collection of inspiring words. His quotes appear in all forms of media publications and are shared daily on social media sites.  I bet we all have favorite quotes by Dr. MLK that we love and, perhaps, reference from time to time. Over the years, I’ve shared a few on my blog and on social media, and whenever I come across a new one, I write it in a journal.

For this tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, in celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr, Day, I’ve culled some of his most inspiring quotes/sayings that I’ve seen used often and that people turn to again and again; including some of my favorite ones. The quotes in block-quotes below cover a fairly wide span of his life and work. They are both inspirational and motivational, and remind us to never be silent in the face of injustice. In the second half of this post (see below), I’ve added the 14 quotes written on the Inscription wall of The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Do you have a favorite Dr. MLK quote you’d like to share? Is there a quote you see often on your social media sites? Please do share yours in the comments.

Dr. Martin Luther King giving I Have A Dream speech

Dr. Martin Luther King giving his famous I Have A Dream speech

Martin Luther KingI Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Martin Luther King Jr.,
“Those who are not looking for happiness are the most likely to find it, because those who are searching forget that the surest way to be happy is to seek happiness for others.” Martin Luther King Jr.

I remember the first time I heard Dr. M.L. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech, I was energized by the power of his message and his singular commitment to see justice and peace prevail. Yet, there was something about that speech that tugged at my heart, reminding me of the terrible ways, some might say out of ignorance and hate, humans treat each other. A few of my favorite MLK quotes (see above/below) come from the same speech because they speak to a period in history when our dreams were still deferred.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr speaks to crowd outdoors  in Chicago

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr giving a speech in Chicago

Selma Official Trailer #1 (2015) – Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr. Movie HD

Davie Oyelowo on Playing the Iconic Role of Dr. King

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.” Martin Luther King Jr.
“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” Martin Luther King Jr.

Recently, I saw the movie Selma – One Dream Can Change The World. It was a powerful depiction of the epic march from Selma to Montgomery which culminated in President Lyndon Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It shared some of Dr King’s personal struggles in his marriage, the threats on his family’s lives and the government agencies that worked hard to subvert the movement. Even though the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, many black people were not allowed to vote and racial discrimination remained a way of life there. In 1965, Selma, Alabama became the face of the struggle for black suffrage, and the movie revisited the incredible violence and hatred spewed at the demonstrators during that period. Lives were lost, both black and white, as the non-violent marches and struggle raged on with Dr. King in the forefront.

Documentary: Selma to Montgomery March

David Oyelowo, an Actor/Producer, played Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with sensitivity and reverence. At some point in the movie, he embodied the essence of Dr. MLK and for a time, we forgot that this was an actor not the man. It was remarkable. Dr King was a man of great faith and one poignant piece in the movie was when he knelt down on the Edward Pettus bridge and led the crowd in quiet prayer. Many expected him to stand up and march forward into the group of baton wielding cops. He didn’t. Instead, he turned around and returned to their meeting place. That march across the bridge would happen later. He never gave up the dream but he always knew that “For everything, there is a season…” and timing is everything. Go see that movie!

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for January are:
01/05 – Silence
01/12 – Perspective
01/19 – Communication – Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,
01/26 – Comfort
02/02 – Attitude

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In 2015: 12 Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle


“Follow your dreams, work hard, practice and persevere. Make sure you eat a variety of foods, get plenty of exercise and maintain a healthy lifestyle.” Sasha Cohen

In 2015: 12 Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle - Walk in Nature and Inhale

In 2015: 12 Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle – Walk in Nature and Inhale Fresh Air

♥ Self-Care means Nurturing All of Our Being – Exercise the body, mind and spirit and feed it uplifting messages. Take walks in nature and inhale the fresh air outdoors. Stay physically, emotionally & mentally healthy by creating space for ME Time. You earned it and deserve it.
♥ There Is Nothing To Prove, We Are Enough – Once you believe in yourself and believe you belong, here, there, anywhere, there is no need to convince others. Just be.
♥ Set Achievable Goals/Resolutions – Make sure you spend time visualizing your goals and acting on them. If we move our feet, the universe will rally to support us.
♥ Self-Acceptance Is Key to a Healthier Life – Wherever you go, Wherever you are, whatever you do, your health, happiness and sense of self begins with accepting who YOU are.

For many of us, 2015 started on a high note. We wrote down goals, planned a list of activities to do, and promised to nurture ourselves. Where are you on that plan today? Are you spot on or have you fallen off? Have no fear because it is never too late to start again. Above and below, I’ve shared my 12 tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle this year. Sometimes, we forget that we need to include our mind and spirit with plans for our bodies. The tips include self-care and self acceptance. Remember, no matter what we choose to do, we are enough.


“I think fitness is important. I think a healthy lifestyle is important. I think putting positive energy out there is important and just staying connected with the people.” LL Cool J

In 2015: 12 Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle - Meditate. Explore the World

In 2015: 12 Tips For Living A Healthy Lifestyle – Meditate. Explore the World

♥ Make Friends with Gratitude and Charity – Express Thanks and Gratitude as often as possible. When we feel truly content, when we feel grateful for our lot, we are not afraid to help others or share our abundance. Practice both.
♥Celebrate life; Eat, Pray, & Love Abundantly –  Life is also about celebrations. Make the time to enjoy your life with loved ones. Acknowledge the abundance around you and give Peace a chance.
♥Find a Mentor and/or a Workout Buddy –  Take that Yoga class with a buddy. Run. Walk. Meditate. One thing that is sure to help us meet our goals is having a mentor/buddy system. When two or more agree to a task, the bond grows stronger and becomes easier to accomplish.
♥Don’t Give Up even if You Mess Up – We are already in the 3rd week of the month and if you’ve fallen off track, don’t despair. We all mess up. Recommit and keep going.

When I was a little girl, I had an Aunt who was a very positive person. When you asked her: “How are you doing?” She’d say, “Things are looking better every day!” It didn’t matter what was going on in her life, things were always looking better.  You know what? Because of her upbeat attitude, things always turned around for her. Be grateful for the good things, celebrate the successes, eat and sleep well, build a buddy system, and when things get messed up, strap on your tough terrain boots and keep on climbing upwards. I remind myself of this all the time and, believe me, I’ve had my share of those messed up moments. In those times, I meditate, check my attitude, and explore my surroundings with beginners eyes. I look for the lessons and the good in every situation. What about you?

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity


“Every breath we take, every step we make, can be filled with peace, joy and serenity.”Thích Nhất Hạnh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity - A temple garden in Kyoto

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity – A temple garden in Kyoto

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity - Hammocks at Omega Park

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity – Hammocks at Omega Park

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. Joseph Addison

After a long week of personal strains, this challenge is the tall glass of cold water I needed; writing this helped me cool off and return to a place of calm. One couldn’t have wished for a better theme and so, I thank the WordPress community leaders/hosts for an apropos challenge to serenely guide us into the weekend. The photos above are of two of my favorite places for quiet reflection, rest and relaxation. The garden in Kyoto is within the confines of an ancient temple. We stopped and gazed at the beautiful layout and listened to the quiet movement of water. I find water relaxing and this one had an impact on me. The hammock photo was taken at Omega Park in Dutchess County, NY.  If you’ve ever been up there, you know it is an oasis for restoration and healing.


“Boredom is the feeling that everything is a waste of time; serenity, that nothing is.” Thomas Szasz

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity - A walk on the Croton Aqueduct

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity – A walk on the Croton Aqueduct

What I dream of is an art of balance, of purity and serenity devoid of troubling or depressing subject matter – a soothing, calming influence on the mind, rather like a good armchair which provides relaxation from physical fatigue. Henri Matisse

I’ve written quite a few posts about the beautiful Croton Aqueduct.  The aqueduct runs the  length of lower Hudson Valley in Westchester County, NY; from Croton into Yonkers and to the Bronx. It’s about 26.2 miles and people love walking/strolling there. It is a great place of respite, and I find that a brisk walk or even a slow stroll on the aqueduct can be quite magical; there is a clarity and calm that descends on the mind while on the path. It has given me many moments of peaceful contemplation, and answers or resolutions to problems. It’s also a great place for Walking Meditations. Where do you go when you need to be calm? What do you do to bring serenity into your life?

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