“Never Succumb to the Temptations of Bitterness” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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MLK Mural;  Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site Atlanta, GA

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

 

He spoke of that which we already knew in our hearts but needed to be said, his words like kindling to the fires that would set our minds in motion.

He spoke of peace and piety, hopes and dreams of equality for a future he would not live to see, but whose spirit still today ushers in reflections of a generation slowly awakening from the slumber of ignorance.

He challenged us to see our fellow men and women as exactly that – fellows equal in the eyes of God, fellows equal in the eyes of society.

On this day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an extraordinary man whose dreams and speeches spoke of a truth and a hope so strong those in fear of positive change silenced them.

So often in our self-evaluations does the truth hurt. So often we turn our eyes away. Shut our minds off.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Today I invite you to reflect on the words of Dr. King as it pertains to prejudices and injustices in the realm of mental illness. What have you suffered through due to the ignorance of others? How will you work to forgive them and educate them?

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