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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” Martin Luther King Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

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

Motivation & Courage to Act: Every year, on January 16, we celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by reflecting on his extraordinary life, his eloquent speeches and exhortations that pulled many to stand up and act with courage, and the ultimate sacrifice he made to ensure the Civil Rights Movement would succeed.  One of Dr. King’s goals was to bring an end to the terrible inequities that held this great nation hostage for many years.  He and all the men and women who courageously spoke up, demonstrated, and even died for the cause are reminders to the rest of us that we must not be silent about wrongdoing.  Their enormous effort and deliberate actions of non-violent resistance paved the way for some of the freedoms we enjoy today.

So why does MLK Day matter? It matters because his effort and actions continue to inspire so many of us to live life with courage and to stay motivated about creating a world where equal rights under the law must become a given globally, and where unity among the races will one day become ubiquitous. In the interim, we must not stand by and watch our fellow men and women be oppressed and abused. We must speak up. The eloquence and grace of Dr. King’s prophetic messages continue to resonate in the lives of many people around the world.


“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.

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?


Full MLK: I’ve Been to the Mountaintop Part 3/3

History Informs our past, present and future: We live in a tumultuous world where some prefer a legacy of hatred and ignorance. If you are attentive to the march of history, you’d understand that we must be vigilant about ensuring the atrocities of the past never happen again. If we stand by and ignore the growing trend in hate and discord around the world, we will one day get swept up by it too. We must not defer the dream because, even in 2017, we live in a fractious world where parity and equity remain a dream for so many. Those inequities build resentments and hatreds which, ultimately, have led to wars and ethnic cleansing.

Why does MLK Day matter? It matters because we want to leave a legacy of equality and peace to our children and for the next generation. If we choose the road of apathy, we will surely pay a price for it. Look back at history and consider all the horrific crimes against humanity that have taken place, and then remember that it took a few courageous souls to inspire others to take action and put a stop to it. We are NOT immune from such acts occurring again so that is another reason why MLK Day matters.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for December ’16 and January 2017 are:

12/05   –    01 World AIDS day,  02 Intnt’nl Abolition of Slavery Day, o7 Pearl Harbor/Remembrance, 08 Immaculate Conception,
12/12   –    10 Human Rights Day, 12 Green Day,  16 Day of Reconciliation,
12/19   –    18 Intnt’nl Migrants Day, 21 Winter Solstice, 24 Start of Hanukkah,  25  Christmas Day
12/26  –    26 Start of Kwanzaa Day, 31 End of Year!

01/01   –   01 New Year’s Day, Hanukkah ends, 06 Epiphany, 06 Three Kings
01/08   –  08 Golden Globes Award,  11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day, 12 Full Moon
01/16   –  16  Martin Luther King Day, 18 Winnie the Pooh Day, 20 Inauguration Day
01/23 –   27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, 28 Chinese New Year
01/29  –   29 Inspire your heart with art

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“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Motivation Mondays: Why Does #MLKDAY Matter?

Documentary: Selma to Montgomery March
Motivation to Help the Oppressed & Others: What are you doing for others? We have seen some of the outcomes that occur when people build walls of hate against each other instead of walls of hope.  Recently, in response to a piece I read, I added that while the walls we build in our hearts are far more dangerous than a physical wall we can see, we must not ignore its pernicious symbolism. It’s still a shame that so many people are flip about the notion of creating distance between nations without thinking through the implications and long term damage to relations between people. Walls are an act of aggression that say I don’t want you crossing my line. We need to build bridges to unity and understanding not walls to divide and destroy our chance at learning how to share this beautiful yet maligned planet.

Does MLK Day Matter? Yes it does. We need to remember that MLK Day matters because it challenges us to think about the implications and the power of history to educate and warn us. It challenges us to do for others as we would like them to do for us. Come back for more! Why does MLK Day matter to YOU?

Have a Happy, Healthy 2017!

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Positive Motivation Tip:  Make a choice to be an advocate for peace and equity and let it begin in your heart and home.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM
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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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