What I learned from the man with a Dream

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“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

 

My heart may be broken.

To endure pain yourself is difficult. To endure the pain of your loved one is debilitating. To endure the pain of your child, is devastating.

My heart may be torn to shreds.

People can be cruel beyond measure. Sometimes the closest ones. They can be animals. They can be ignorant. They can be damaged. But when their pain becomes my child’s pain, I will not look the other way.

What is the most unimaginable pain a living, innocent child can endure? Betrayal. It is there where you will find my shattered heart.

Why do we hide from doing what’s right? To protect our hearts?

Darkness certainly does not drive out darkness. Martin Luther King Junior was right;

Only light can do that. He goes on to say, “Hate cannot drive out hate. Only love can do that.”

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

And so, with the shattered pieces of my heart clutched closely, I choose love.

Forgiveness? Sure of the pain inflicted, perhaps. But forgiveness is not an invitation. It is merely an attitude; one I will accept today.

“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness. Forgiveness is not an occasional act. It is a permanent attitude.” -Martin Luther King JR

I have so much pain to wrap myself up in. To bury my heart in. To hide from the world in. Pain, in its depths, can calcify to hate so quickly, and so slowly.

“Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.” -Martin Luther King JR

And so, to move forward. Because, really, that’s all one can do, in Love.

Embracing love, and then freeing it, so that all it touches can feel it. Love will mend my heart.

With words from a man with every reason to hate, I will listen, and follow and dream along.

“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

 

Thank you Mr. King.

And as one of your most important questions asks,

“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ “

I will use my mended heart for service. I will not look the other way.