On this day, we remember a man, that dared to dream of a nation where men and women would look past an individuals external differences, and embrace each other as brother and sister. This by far has been the most difficult post for me to write. Not because of lack of content. I simply want to ensure that this article leaves a lasting impression with the person reading it.
Dr. Martin Luther King gave numerous speeches that motivated individuals to fight injustice with nonviolent tactics. One speech in particular prompted me take serious inventory of my life, and how I had been living for close to 40 years. On October 26, 1967 in Philadelphia at Barratt Junior High School. Dr. King addressed the students and faculty, and posed a profound question:
Do you have a proper & sound life blueprint?
In his speech titled, "What is in Your Life's Blueprint?" Dr. King started his address by defining the functionality and importance of a blueprint. He then provides the following (3) fundamental that should be in an individual's life blueprint:
1. A Deep Belief in an individual's Self Worth & Somebodiness.
2. Have the determination to achieve excellence in everything that you do.
3. A sound commitment to the principles of Beauty, Love, and Justice.
Dr. King spoke directly to me with this message, and here is how. We must have a clear sense of self worth that fuels our commitment to excellence. For we all have a purpose on this earth. We can not be side tracked by situations that remove our eyes from the prize.
"Let no man pull you so low as to hate them." - Dr. Martin Luther King
Let us not be sidetracked by different distractions today. Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a man that made the ultimate sacrifice for equality for all, not just me. I urge you to take a moment and listen to his speech.
What is one thing that you will take away from this article? Please share your thoughts in the comment section.