National Day of Service and Remembrance

day of service

Happy Monday, All!

Today is a national holiday in honor of the message of the late great Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., which is in essence that the greatest mission of life is to do what one can to help others. If you ever go to a page of Dr. King’s quotes, you could spend hours there … reading, then contemplating them … and meditating on them! The holiday shares the proximity of Dr. King’s actual birthday, which was last week on Thursday and the first Monday of the following week as the National Day of Service and Remembrance. I know that there are a lot of folks in the world today who may be able to use a refresher or crash course in the life of Dr. King. Yet, his legacy is one that has changed the world.

“Don’t forget where you came from, and definitely don’t forgot how you got there … and who came before you to pave the way for you!”

Now, if you are “one of those few” who just took advantage of opportunities and dug deep inside, you go get your horn and blow it loud. There are people like Oprah Winfrey, who grew up poor in Mississippi, and one other guy I read about in Business Insider, Francois Perault, who is a billionaire that was bullied in school because he was so poor!! He is known as the “face of fashion” for Kering, (formerly PPR) which owns Gucci and Yves St. Laurent. They too, “started from the bottom now they’re here!” … so to speak! Yet, most people have gotten a hand from someone somewhere (or many others!), if even a parent or “guardian angel” type of person whose station in life and belief in the person and their mission provided enough impetus for them to simply invest in that person’s future. I often honor my parents because I know that it was due to their efforts that I was able to get this far in my life … peace be still.

I recall those “others” who paved the way for many African Americans in this country, Dr. King, Jr.’s “civil rights” movement bringing most of those to the forefront. His leadership, charisma, “on point” methodology of “non violent passive resistance” (wow!! it is even hard for me to say that!!) to demonstrate the NEED for a change in civil rights policies in the USA. The levels of barbarism imposed upon the non-violent demonstrators were horrific, as they were often beaten with steel/metal poles, pipes and even lynched on many occasions!! This was in ” . . . the land of the free, home of the brave . . .” . . . peace be still. So, please take some time today to remember those who came before us, of all nationalities and faiths, who joined together as sisters and brothers to make some needed changes (as they still are needed) to move humanity forward. Celebrate through service. Remember Dr. King as he should be remembered – a world leader who gave until the end of his life!

Peace,

John I. Cook, Director
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