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Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

21/01/2019

“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.

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay


Dr Martin Luther King, JrI Have a Dream Speech – August 28, 1963

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr Day; a Federal holiday celebrated in America as a memorial to the life and legacy of a great visionary and one of the world’s most recognized leaders of the Civil Rights Movement. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, gave his life to the movement which helped turn the page on segregation in this great nation. Every year, I try to take another look at the life of this man of indomitable spirit. He was a preacher, teacher, father, husband and friend to many. Like many of you, I’ve heard the moving I Have A Dream speech and, even though Dr King gave many sermons and speeches during his lifetime, it stands out above the rest because it resonates on a very deep level and strikes a cord with so many of us. It also stands out for folks around the world who, like me, didn’t grow up in the USA.Every year, I share my thoughts on this great teacher and my posts speak to his vision for his children, for us, and for the world. Everything begins in our homes; hatreds, good and evil start there. Our kids watch us. Let’s rise above petty hatreds for the sake of our collective humanity. This year, I re-blogged another post that fits these views.

What is it about Dr King’s inspired words that make them so moving and so powerful? I have offered you the full text of his famous speech below in 3 sets of block-quotes.  What I find remarkable about it is that the part we’ve all come to know, love and remember, the segment on …  I Have a Dream … kicks in towards the end of his speech.  As an inspiring, motivational preacher/teacher/leader, Dr King was a master orator who knew how to shine a light on the issues, build momentum, and get the masses motivated to realize the Dream. Read the I Have A Dream speech in its entirety and share your thoughts in the comments.

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“I HAVE A DREAM . . “Speech by the Rev. MARTIN LUTHER KING At the ‘ ‘March on Washington”
(Copyright 1963, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.) Via Archives.Gov
I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.
Five score years ago a great American in whose symbolic shadow we stand today signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree is a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later the life of the Negro is still badly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself ill exile in his own land. So we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.
In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s capital to cash a check. When the architects of our Republic wrote the magnificent. words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that. all men – yes, black men as well as white men – would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit. of happiness. It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note inso far as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “ insufficient funds.”
But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds ill the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. So we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.
We have also come to this hallowed spot to remind America of the fierce urgency of now. This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism. Now is the time to make real the promises of democracy. Now is the time to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice. Now is the time to lift our nation from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood. Continued below…

 

“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.

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay

Motivation Mondays: Reflections on #MLKDay


Documentary: Selma to Montgomery March

My earliest memory of the Civil Rights Movement and of Dr King came through my parents. I remember one evening listening to them discuss the struggles with friends who were over for dinner. Peeping through the banisters of the staircase leading upstairs to the bedrooms, I could see grainy black and white images on the TV of black people being hosed and chased by dogs. All of it was very frightening and I believe that was why they sent us off to bed when they had friends over who spoke about the horrors of it all. That said, my dad did have books in his library which we had access to and when we asked questions, they told us about the struggles to end segregation and discrimination and build equality in the USA.  It pained me back then, and surviving a war made me even more determined to never accept excuses or justifications for the inhumane treatment of others. Sadly, our global history is rift with periods of discriminatory, inhumane treatment of our fellow man, and we see much of it today in parts of the world where strife and war continue; we must become advocates for peace and remain vigilant/vocal about the violence and oppression around the world.

I learned more about Dr King’s impact, legacy and untimely death at school. When we studied the history of the movement and Dr King’s influence, we were exposed to a wide cast of influential characters, and the painful narrative that remains part of America’s saddest historical records. I know that the first time I listened to the video and heard his speech, I wept. I wept for my fellow men, women and children, and I wept for our collective humanity. Some people try to whitewash the movement to their children by inventing stories or telling half truths about it but, that is a disservice and an unconscionable act of denial of history. Personally, I would rather a parent direct their children to books that tell the story and then answer questions honestly, instead of creating some BS,  fairy-tale version of what Dr King and the Civil Rights Movement stood for. Children are smart, observant, and have clarity about how they’d like to be treated. Present the facts and help them develop their moral compass on the issues.

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Now is the time to make justice a reality for all of God’s children. It would be fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment. This sweltering summer of the Negro’s legitimate discontent, will not pass until there is an invigorating autumn of freedom and equality —1963 is not an end but a beginning. Those who hope that the Negro needed to blow off steam and will now be content will have a rude awakening if the nation returns to business as usual.
There will be neither rest nor tranquility in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights. The whirlwinds of revolt will continue to shake the foundations of our nation until the bright, days of justice emerge.
And that is something that I must say to my people who stand on the worn threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.
We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protests to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force. The marvelous new militancy which has engulfed the Negro community must not lead us to distrust all white people, for many of our white brothers, as evidenced by their presence here today, have come to realize that their destiny is tied up with our destiny.
They have come to realize that their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom. We cannot walk alone. And as we walk we must make the pledge that we shall always march ahead. We cannot turn back. There are those who are asking the devotees of civil rights, “When will you be free?” We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.
We can never be satisfied as long as our bodies, heavy with the fatigue of travel, cannot gain lodging in the motels of the highways and the hotels of the cities.
We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro’s basic mobility is from a smaller ghetto to a larger one. We can never be satisfied as long as our children are stripped of their adulthood and robbed of their dignity by signs stating “For Whites Only.”
We cannot be satisfied as long as the Negro in Mississippi cannot vote and the Negro in New York believes he has nothing for which to vote.
No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.
I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulation. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. Some of you have come from areas where your quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by ‘the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering.
Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our Northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed. Let us not wallow in the valley of despair. Continued below…

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

14/01/2019

“The power of gratitude. It can turn a bad day into a good one. It can make you look at your life in a different way.  It can make the difference in how thankful you are. Not just during the holidays, but every day.” Maria Shriver

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

How Often Do You Express GRATITUDE? It’s easy to be grateful when things are going swimmingly well but, what do we do when we feel stressed out or trapped by life’s demands? What do we do when we suddenly find ourselves at a loss to say what we think or even how we feel about events around us? And what about when we’ve tried to handle a situation and it persists, and we try another approach and it lingers? At some point, we have to surrender our need to have all our pegs fit nicely in their square holes. We have to stop, catch our breath, and change directions, albeit for a short while. What is this all about? Well, I was wondering when you’d ask. I started the new year on solid ground. I’d made a clear decision to focus on a number of offline projects and channel a bit more into my online work. All was coming along nicely until I hit a wall over the weekend. No, it was an imaginary not a physical wall.  Everything stopped. I had to rethink my projects and I was feeling very frustrated.

An Æsop Story: The Hares & the Frogs
Hares, as you know, are very timid. The least shadow, sends them scurrying in fright to a hiding place. Once they decided to die rather than live in such misery. But while they were debating how best to meet death, they thought they heard a noise and in a flash were scampering off to the warren. On the way they passed a pond where a family of Frogs was sitting among the reeds on the bank. In an instant the startled Frogs were seeking safety in the mud.
“Look,” cried a Hare, “things are not so bad after all, for here are creatures who are even afraid of us!” Via read.gov
Moral: However unfortunate we may think we are there is always someone worse off than ourselves.

 

“When you meet obstacles with gratitude, your perception starts to shift, resistance loses its power, and grace finds a home within you.” Oprah

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

Motivation Mondays: Power of Gratitude

What About Gratitude Fits Here? A couple of projects I was working on had stalled and I was frustrated. One stalled because of market conditions and the other because of human ineptitude. I spent the rest of the weekend trying to salvage things and it was only late on Monday that a light-bulb glowed above my head with GRATITUDE scrawled all over it. No,my situation hadn’t turned around. Things were still under advisement and a tad chaotic. I was feeling the stress and in a moment of sheer exasperation, that message lit up my brain like neon lights. I was being reminded to focus on gratitude! Hence, the topic of this post. Whenever we think the grass across the pike is greener, it’s a sign for us to hit that pause button and reevaluate our circumstances. Are we sure it’s greener and how can we improve on own condition where we are? It can’t hurt to consider the worst case scenario and then adjust our thinking from complaint mode to gratitude mode. Yes, the idiomatic expression I amended above is trying to fit a square peg in a round hole … but that was not the point I was trying to make.

An Æsop Story: The Town Mouse & the Country Mouse
A Town Mouse once visited a relative who lived in the country. For lunch the Country Mouse served wheat stalks, roots, and acorns, with a dash of cold water for drink. The Town Mouse ate very sparingly, nibbling a little of this and a little of that, and by her manner making it very plain that she ate the simple food only to be polite.

After the meal the friends had a long talk, or rather the Town Mouse talked about her life in the city while the Country Mouse listened. They then went to bed in a cozy nest in the hedgerow and slept in quiet and comfort until morning. In her sleep the Country Mouse dreamed she was a Town Mouse with all the luxuries and delights of city life that her friend had described for her. So the next day when the Town Mouse asked the Country Mouse to go home with her to the city, she gladly said yes.

When they reached the mansion in which the Town Mouse lived, they found on the table in the dining room the leavings of a very fine banquet. There were sweetmeats and jellies, pastries, delicious cheeses, indeed, the most tempting foods that a Mouse can imagine. But just as the Country Mouse was about to nibble a dainty bit of pastry, she heard a Cat mew loudly and scratch at the door. In great fear the Mice scurried to a hiding place, where they lay quite still for a long time, hardly daring to breathe. When at last they ventured back to the feast, the door opened suddenly and in came the servants to clear the table, followed by the House Dog.
The Country Mouse stopped in the Town Mouse’s den only long enough to pick up her carpet bag and umbrella.

“You may have luxuries and dainties that I have not,” she said as she hurried away, “but I prefer my plain food and simple life in the country with the peace and security that go with it.”
Moral: Poverty with security is better than plenty in the midst of fear and uncertainty. Via read.gov

 

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  06 Golden Globe Awards,  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

07/01/2019

“Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed.” Confucius

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

Live simply, so that others may simply live. Mother Teresa
Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler. Albert Einstein
Stay low, stay quiet, keep it simple, don’t expect too much, enjoy what you have. Dean Koontz
To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life. John Burroughs

Keep It Simple: Happy New Year! In the flurry of activity that occurs in the new year, so many of us jump on the express bandwagon with our laundry list of To-Dos. We start with good intentions and great promise to conquer everything we skipped out on last year and then some … but wait! Before you commit to do it all and find yourself back at square one in March, pause and consider why you are setting yourself up for another run-in with last year’s slip-ups. What’s the rush? Have you forgotten all those memberships and broken promises? Start this year by taking one step at a time. Include time to enjoy nature, time to meditate/reflect on your week, time for friends and family, time to read a good book and to create a SMART goal for each month that is not stress inducing. The acronym SMART stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-focused. Instead of joining everything and watching it all come apart, take each step with intention and focus on one thing that you can do very well this month.

STOP & Take Stock: Yesterday, I was looking through my Groupon at all the wonderful offerings that were going to expire on Monday morning. There were endless classes to take, tons of body beautiful spas to visit, and lots of fun things to sign up for with just hours left before the price point jumped. I found myself thoroughly engrossed in it all as I weighted which class would offer the best challenges, free/easy parking, or quicker results when, suddenly, a light-bulb lit up in my head. Wait a minute, you HAVE two gym memberships. You also do work at a local yoga studio. NO! We will NOT be signing up for more stuff this year. Phew! I stopped the madness and reminded myself that when we add too much to our plate, we become like the second ant, in the story below, trying to move big chunks at once. Let’s re-calibrate our plans for 2019 and start with small and steady chunks.
READ: Motivation Mondays: SIMPLICITY
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The Ants and the Cookie
One day, two ants went exploring. They came across two giant cookies.
“These cookies are huge!” said the first ant.
“One of these cookies would feed my whole family for a month,” said the second ant. “But,how can little ants like us carry such big cookies like these?”
“It seems impossible!” said the first ant. “But, I must try.”
So, the first ant started to tug and pull at one cookie. Suddenly, a tiny piece broke off.
“I am going to take this piece back to my family,” said the first ant.
“You go ahead,” said the second ant. “I’m not going to waste my time on such a small piece of cookie. I will find a way to take the whole cookie back to my family.”
So, the first ant went home with her small piece of cookie. Soon, the first ant returned. She found the second ant still pushing and shoving the other cookie, but she was unable to move it. Again, the first ant broke off a small piece of cookie and took it back home. This went on for most of the day as some of her family even offered to join her. The first ant kept carrying small pieces of cookie back to her family until she had moved the entire cookie.
The second ant finally grew tired of trying to complete the task that seemed too big to do. She went home with nothing. What is the lesson here?

 

“Do what makes you happy. Keep it simple. Do the research. Work hard. Look ahead.” Gary Vaynerchuk

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

Motivation Mondays: Keep It Simple

The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. Keanu Reeves
The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. Swami Vivekananda
Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart. Sarah Ban Breathnach
Looking at flowers, simple things in life. I don’t need to look at gold and a castle; sometimes its very simple things that are very beautiful. I am keeping my eyes fresh to find beauty in many places, and in gold, too, sometimes!” Francois Nars

Simplify Your Life: Did you know that there is a correlation between depression and excessive social media use? When we spend all day long on our various social media accounts, and find ourselves creating more and more accounts on new platforms, we need to take 5 and reevaluate what is behind the behavior. Why do we need to be constantly plugged in to these online platforms? What is being replaced in our offline life? What is the impact, over time, of being glued to our devices and communicating with strangers as our every day body and flesh relationships begin to falter. We need to not only be vigilant, we need to detox from our time online. Don’t get me wrong, there are benefits to social media and, if used wisely, it can help us expand our knowledge base, build powerful connections and even learn new skills. However, we must simplify and set realistic limits.

Do What Makes You Happy Offline: Keeping it simple on social media could be as easy as hiring a Virtual Assistant (VA) or two to help you do some of your online work. It could be as simple as giving yourself time out from being online, turning your smartphone off during family time, and arranging visits with friends. It could even be as simple as deleting some of those apps off your phone and using your web browser to login only when you have to. If you find yourself living your entire life online and oversharing your business, it’s time to simplify. Take stock of why you are pulled in to this make-belief world behind the screen, and seriously consider taking some time to shift directions a bit.

I’ve always loved reading, and spent a good part of my childhood reading everything I could lay my hands on.  I took my love of reading into adulthood because reading not only expands our minds, it helps us escape, albeit for a short while, into another world where intriguing and inspiring events beckon to us.  However, over time, as my social media life grew, my time to read diminished. I was spending whatever down time I had, after work or after handling personal commitments, online. So, about 5 years ago, I decided to start using a VA to do most of my social media interactions. As time went by, I hired a couple more so I could get back to my life offline and really enjoy the things that mattered to me. I encourage you to do same. Cut back. Take time off. Let’s truly keep it simple in 2019.

READ: The FOMO Is Real: How Social Media Increases Depression and Loneliness
Does Social Media Cause Depression?
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Inspiration: Ten Things To Consider This Holiday Season…
Inspiration: #100HappyDays Challenge

 

Keep It SIMPLE
Missing Somebody? … Call
Want to Meet Up? … Invite
Want to be Understood? … Explain
Have questions? … Ask
Don’t like something? … Say it.
Like Something? … State it
Want something? … Ask for it
Love someone? … Tell it

 

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for DEC 2018/JAN 2019 are:

DEC

12/02   –  01 World AIDS Day, 02 Advent begins, Hanukkah starts, International abolition of slavery, 07 Pearl Harbor
12/09   –  10 Human Rights Day, Hanukkah ends, green Monday,
12/16  –  18 International Migrants Day,  21 Winter Solstice, 22 Super Saturday
12/23   –  23 4th Sunday of Advent, 25 Christmas Day, 26 Kwanzaa starts, Boxing Day, 27 St John’s feast
12/30 –    31 New Year’s eve

JAN

01/01   –  01 New Year’s Day, 05 National Bird Day
01/06   –  07 Orthodox Christmas, 11 Human Trafficking Awareness Day,
01/13  –  13 Golden Globe Awards, Critics Choice Awards, 14 Image Awards, 16 Religious Freedom Day
01/20   –  21 Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 26 Nat’l. Spouses Day
01/27 –    27 Commemoration Victims of the Holocaust, SAG Awards

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