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Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

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“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay
Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

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

Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see. Martin Luther King, Jr.
There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr Martin Luther King, Jr., (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968): This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of this great man of light. Even as the years pass us by and a new generation of Americans learn about his life and legacy, his light shines brighter. Why, some might wonder…? Because he spoke so eloquently about the discriminatory practices going on and he was fearless about shining a light on the atrocities of the day. He walked in that light and it continues to serve as a shining path for all of us to walk and be reminded that we must remain vigilant and stand up against all forms of oppression. When we turn a blind eye to one form of oppression, we encourage the perpetuation of others… When we remain silent about wrong doing and slough it off because we believe it has no impact on our lives, one day it will… think about it.

READ: Motivation Mondays: I Have A Dream – #MLKDay


“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.

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay
Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

#BELIEVE In Your WORTHINESS!” – Martin Luther King Jr. – Top 10 Rules

The moral arc of the universe bends at the elbow of justice. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. 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. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Although I didn’t spend my formative years in the US, I was cognizant of the history of the Civil Right movement because my parents had books and talked about it with their friends. We also studied it in school and I remember thinking why anyone would want to deprive another of their basic fundamental rights to a decent quality of life. I tried to imagine how frightening it must have been for kids to live under such conditions and be attacked for wanting to attend a better school. Dr King, a father of four, envisioned a world where his kids and all kids would live amicably and he died holding firmly to that dream. While some might see our current local and global climate as a dream deferred, we must not give up hope. Start where you are and teach your children to walk in the light. Treating other humans with decency must begin with us.
READ: Motivation Mondays: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Most Inspired Quotes


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2017/JAN 2018 are:


12/01 –  World Aids Day,  12/02 Abolition of Slavery,
12/03 –  Start of Advent,  12/7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance, 12/8 Immaculate Conception,  12/9 Anti-Corruption Day,
12/10 –  Human Rights Day,  12/11 Green Day, 12/12 Start of Hanukkah,
12/17 –   12/18 International Migrant’s Day, 12/20 End of Hanukkah,  12/21 Winter Solstice,  12/23 Super Saturday
12/24 –  12/25 Christmas, 12/26 Start of Kwanzaa, 12/31 New Year’s Eve


01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,


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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay
Motivation Mondays: Walk in the Light #MLKDay

Martin Luther King – I Have A Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last. Martin Luther King, Jr.
We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To walk in the light, the walls of hate, inequity and lies must be torn down in our homes first. People look at public acts of hatred with alarm and call for government interventions and laws to deal with them. What we often forget is that the private acts of hatred and terror precede what we eventually see in the public arena. The work must begin in our homes and our hearts.. that is where the poisoning begins. If we dont deal with the private, petty hatreds, our public displays of shock will not cure the problem. Dr King always spoke so powerfully and passionately about the struggles for equity and freedom, and he shone a bright, glaring light on it for good reason. So we would never forget. Even today, his message remains true. May we all find our way to that walkway and be a shining path for others to join. The culture of peace Dr King also spoke of is within reach. WE just have to step forward, embrace it and share it… Get motivated for good!
READ: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: A Legacy Of Courage & Hope…
Have a peaceful and productive week ahead!

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Positive Motivation Tip: AGAIN, We can choose the path of peace or join those who choose hate. What we choose, we become. Good begets good.

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
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Until Next Time…
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Elizabeth Obih-Frank
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  • I celebrated MLK today with my little boy by going to a parade with him downtown . We started going to the MLK parade 5 years ago and it has become our tradition….

  • What an inspirational piece for Martin Luther King Jr. He was and still is a great man, without him the world wouldn’t be so far along in terms of acceptance of change and new things.

  • Great choice of words and photos for a beautiful tribute. An inspirational leader to be remembered and celebrated.

  • I really love how you give us motivation with your post. It gives me more positivity in life.

  • Martin Luther King is really an inspiration. I have read about him in History books and it’s so nice you celebrate his day in the US.

  • I love the various quotes that you shared by Martin Luther King that are so inspiring. And MondayMotivation seems like a good initiative.

  • He was such an amazing man and so young too when he died. Just imagine what he would have achieved if he wasn’t assassinated.

  • My grandparents would always tell me when I was younger that charity begins at home, but should not end there. Instilling the same to my son. 🙂

  • Such an incredible and inspiring man. I especially love this quote that you shared “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.” Regardless to what the challenges are that we face, be they social, physical, emotional, situation, etc. we can all use an outlook like this to help us keep moving forward as positive forces in this world.

  • Well, I am feeling motivated and inspired. Martin Luther is just a legend – thanks for sharing this fab post x

  • MLK was such an important figure in history not just for America, but for the world. His words and his actions alike have left a lasting legacy, which I believe will remain forever.

  • What a great man. I am glad he is today’s Motivation Monday. I also really loved that video about your worthiness. Very insightful.

  • He was a great man who had such a huge positive impact on the freedom of America. Indeed, walk towards the light and leave the walls of hate behind.

  • This is so inspirational post and the great Dr. Martin Luther King was a gem. Thank you for sharing his quotes, they are so amazing and everybody can relate to them.

  • As a non U.s citizen living in california, this is very informative for me thanks! I did watch his speech in youtube and also knew why the state is celebrating his day as holiday.

  • That “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech always gives me chills. So inspiring.

  • It leaves me speechless every time. What he did for this country and humanity will never be forgotten.

  • He was a true inspiration and a man who will never be forgotten. You may not have grown up in the US, I may be in the UK but he has something to teach EVERYONE. If only more people had the compassion and heart he did. His message will stand the test of time.

  • It is always inspiring to read about Martin Luther King Jr’s words to achieve peace and equality among men. This post is so timely. The world is full of hatred and it seems everyone is up on their toes fearful of a war to ensue. I know it is so far fetched, but I just home every leader in every country would just drop everything and let their citizens live in peace.

  • I think my all-time favorite of his words is definitely this one: Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Love and kindness, gratitude and empowerment this is what our world needs more and more.

  • I couldn’t agree with you more when you say, “Start where you are and teach your children to walk in the light. Treating other humans with decency must begin with us.” – I too didn’t spend my formative years here … but now I am here and see the struggles of the past and present.

  • What a great many things this man has done to contribute to society. It is an honor to remember him and his legacy. Thanks for putting this inspiring piece together <3

  • He is a hero for me and I admire him. Right now that my country is going through a political crisis I always remember his words: work for peace, social justice, and opportunity for all!

  • This is one of the best posts I have ever read on the life & teachings of Dr. King. Living in Atlanta gives me the privilege of seeing the positivity of his works in everyday life. We must always remember those who have worked to make life better for everyone in our democracy. P.S. I’ve actually seen his hand written Noble Peace Prize speech. Very humbling to see how much words meant to him. He understood their power. Cheers xoxo

  • You can’t get much more motivational than this! The world needs more reminders of the words of MLK.

  • This is so timely right now, given the current political climate. We all should revisit the words of MLK. Are we ready to walk in the light and have the capacity to forgive?

  • MLK was and still is such an inspirational man! I can’t believe it’s been 50 years since he’s passed! We’ve come a long way and we definitley still have a long way more to go.

  • Its true, we aren’t born hating, it’s learned. I hate that families raise kids to hate. That’s how it happens. I’m glad we have a day like this to remember because clearly we have not come as far as maybe some of us think we’ve come with racism. We need to do more and you are right it starts at home.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s words are still important 50 year later, especially with the things happening here in the US. I agree that it must start in the home and in the community. Public actions are a manifestation of things done/learned/taught in private.

  • A powerful man with a greatly inspired legacy. May we let inspiration guide us in our journeys.

  • Nice post! There’s no doubt that Martin Luther King was (and still is) a very inspirational man. He definitely motivates you to be a better person, doesn’t he?

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  • Martin Luther King was a great man. I hold such respect for him and what he has done for the American people and for the fight for equality and respect for all. As a minority myself, he was always the symbol of courage, wisdom and equality.

  • What a beautifully written article, especially documenting the importance of Dr. King and the civil right’s movement. He meant a lot to everyone, especially the African American community who was on the receiving end, and still is sometimes on the receiving end, of injustice and oppression. I wish there was someone who was just as intelligent and eloquent as Dr. King that was around today. His time on Earth was so short, but I have learned not to put my trust in man, but put my trust in God.

  • He was such an inspirational leader. His words are as applicable today as they were when he first said them. Thanks for sharing.

  • Such an important day and person to remember and learn about. Love the link to the quotes too!

  • Read motivating post on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.” Martin Luther King, Jr, this quote is my driving force, I believe in so and try to apply so.

  • This is such a great post and very informative. That man is legendary, His legacy and story of his life are so interesting.

  • almost every people this day loses motivation and get stressed easily, thank you for this post.

  • A terrific choice of photos and words to pay tribute to a legendary leader.

  • What a wonderful tribute for MLK day, and an important reminder for us everyday. Thank you for sharing these messages 🙂

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Is my hero. His story is amazing and his words are truly inspirational and always give us motivation. He shows how we are being formed in our daily living.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. was such a great asset to our country! He really has touched all of our lives!

  • My children had off school for his birthday and it surprised me that they hadn’t fully understood the importance of who this man was. It was really a schock. I remember learning about him in school before and after his birthday came. So I had to dig into my memory and explain why we celebrate this day, why it isn’t just a day off school. What a perfect day to fall on a Monday, to really scream motivation to us.

  • “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.” one of my many favorites of his. Thank you for sharing such history. I look forward to the next blog post.

  • Thank you for this inspiring and thoughtful reminder of this man who represents hope, peace and possibility. Really enjoyed this post! <3

  • When people ask you those questions, like, “If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be?” MLK Jr. is at the top of my list. This man amazes me still. I wish I could have known him! Beautiful post!

  • Is it so true that public acts of misbehavior (all public acts, actually) are themselves rooted elsewhere. All things start in the home and heart! Lovely, very in-depth post.

  • Watching his speech always gives me chills. Its sad that event these days people are still being treated like they are second class citizens.

  • So glad you highlighted MLK; most of us know a lot about it, but it’s good to recap and also gain fresh perspectives. When the kids are off school, I like to talk about why they were given a day in honor of someone who made a huge difference in history.

  • MLK’s words and work are timeless. His legacy will be remembered for years to come. It makes me happy that even though you didn’t grow up in the US, you were still taught about him.

  • What you said above, “Good begets good” I love this. Such a positive post and message.

  • We all need to be more like Dr. King and as you say we need to be a shining path for others. I think Dr. King’s work is still so important today and there is much work to be done to ensure that we can live in a world like he envisioned.

  • Such a young life with such a legacy. I never tire of hearing this. Thank God he didn’t sneeze. Leave it to a child/teen to send an awesome message like that. I often wonder how much he would have accomplished had he lived his entire life.

  • What a wonderful way to celebrate a motivational Monday than with MLK! Doesn’t get better or more inspirational than him.

  • Beautiful post and reminder of what this incredible man spoke so passionately about. Something that is still so important in our current day and age!

  • “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.”
    Now that’s truly motivational!!

  • I had no idea there was a Martin Luther King Day. I don’t remember much about him, but he seemed to be a very strong character,

  • This definitely was a great read, he was one amazing man. He paved so many great roads for people and I can only hope that I have even half of his strength and honesty in life. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Thank you for sharing for this. There isn’t a time when I see or hear his words that I am not moved and inspired.

  • Such a great man! I love all his quotes. They still hold a lot of power and meaning today.

  • Thank you for sharing one of his great speeches! I do find his speeches very motivating and inspiring. His speeches will never get old causes his words still remians today and still will next couple year I think.

  • I hadn’t made the connection that it was 50 years since his passing. It’s remarkable how far he pushed our nation forward during his life. I hope he would be proud of the progress we’ve made, but I know we’ve got a long way to go to realize his dream.

  • When you talk about the kids wanting to attend better school it brings to my mind the current situation with DACA and the millennials dealing with everything regarding immigration or whatnot. My favorite quote would be, “he was fearless about shining a light on the atrocities of the day.” I pray to be like this every day despite the scenario and try to pass that on to my daughter.

  • Such an inspiring man. I can’t believe it has been 50 years since his passing. He is truly one of the most inspirational people of his time

  • MLK Jr. was definitely someone who we studied heavily in classes growing up, and with that knowledge, I have such a huge respect for him and all that he did for civil rights.

  • This was very informing. Being in school for almost 21 years, the educational system doesn’t shed light on people of color. I think it’s important for people to know the history of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – he was a great man who has made a difference.

  • Martin Luther King Jr is an icon for peace and equality. I can only hope that there would be more like him. His words pierce your heart with truth and light.

  • Yes! We have to treat others with kindness. It’s sad to see the state of our world today.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. will always be remembered and his legendary speech and commitment to civil rights will live on. Bringing injustice to light, protesting and taking action for what he believed in inspired and still continues to inspire youth and adults of all ages.

  • Martin Luther King Jr is such an inspiration to everyone. Remembering him keeps his sprit alive.

  • I love that his daughter is still carrying on the legacy of her father and mother and fighting for equality, equity, and justice.

  • He was such an incredible man that helped pave the way. I wish we could have seen what all he had in store!

  • So much to offer to a community that was struggling. Walking in the light was something he wanted for everyone.

  • I don’t know much about MLK but over the years I have heard of the things that he did for this country.

  • Its awesome what MLK did and today USA is a better place than it was!
    Esp., being an Indian, I’m all the more impressed, as his role model was the Father of our Nation, Gandhiji! 🙂

  • “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” I love this quote because it is so true. This a wonderful post and Martin Luther King, Jr. was very inspirational.

  • This is such a great post. This man is legendary and I love to learn more about him. and glad that you share this with us.

  • It is nice to read this post dedicated to an extraordinary leader. His words continue to inspire millions even today and guide us to stand for freedom and equality.

  • I have this above my desk one of my all-time favorites. “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.” (wish he was still with us we sure could use his wisdom)

  • Thank you so much for sharing. Mr. King Jr. did a lot to help change the world.

  • This is such a powerful post with such a strong, positive message. I had to come back & read it again. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • My best friend when I moved to California was African American from Birmingham. And she told me she had never had a white friend before. I at first found that so odd. But then I thought of all that happened in Birmingham as her parents were coming of age. And then it made perfect sense. Martin Luther King Jr did so much in such a short time. It’s amazing to think of what he would have done had he been given more time.

  • Wow what a great reminder of what a motivator he was. Absolutely love the quote about moving forward. Great post!

  • Unconditional love will have the final word. I absolutely love that. MLK was a very wise man and spoke very wise words. I wish more people seen life through his eyes and perspective. It would be a much friendlier place to live

  • To this day I think we stand to learn so much from MLK, especially in this social climate.

  • Dr. King inspires me everyday. Sometimes when I feel like giving up I think to myself I need to work twice as hard for all those who came before me who couldn’t/

  • Thank you for this reminder of MLK’s wise words. I hope to take them to heart this year!

  • History is incredible! What a day, what a person! Fantastic post and thanks for sharing it.

  • I don’t think there’s any greater motivation for a Monday than hearing some of the incredible quotes that came from the inspiring Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • He is truly an inspiration. I wonder if there is a modern Martin Luther King nowadays.

  • I love this Jimbalaya of Martin Luther King’s influence. He certainly was someone worth looking up to. And yes if you can’t run, fly and like he says be there. Show up. I love it!

  • Martin Luther King Jr. is truly an inspiration. His story is so wonderful, I love how strong and brave he is.

  • Dr. King was a beautiful man inside and out. His legacy has and will continue to live on which is a blessing. Everyone can still learn from this man.

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  • What a great reminder. There is definitely so much rich history to appreciate in this.

  • My mother grew up in Birmingham, Alabama during the 50s and 60s. She and her sisters participated in some of the marches, lunch counter sit-ins, and other protests during the time. It was scary but they felt they had to stand up for what was right — like Dr. King.

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