© Michelle Chan
What a wonderful day it is for all to celebrate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.! His teachings and words have touched, and continue to touch, countless lives. He has led the way for people of all ethnicities to be closer to obtaining the unalienable rights that are promised in the United States' Declaration of Independence. However, it is unfortunate, and quite heart breaking, to see that some things have not changed for the better despite how much time has already passed. So many things that Martin Luther King Jr. have said still applies today.
"I look to a day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
The surface often belies what lurks underneath. Some people or things may sound or look "good," but that doesn't mean they actually are. People come in all colors, shapes, and sizes. No matter how a person looks on the outside, their intentions will always shine through. Maybe not at first, but believe me, eventually any facade that exists will crack over time. So, take your time to truly know someone before you judge them. Challenge yourself! Take a chance to get to know those you're not familiar with, people who you may not often associate with because of their ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, political ideation, religion, or whatever it may be that sets you apart and makes you believe you will not get along.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
With all that is happening in our society and world, let us all remember that it is important for all of us to stand up for what we believe is right. We cannot sit idly by wishing things were different. If you were in need of a job, you wouldn't sit at home hoping that someone would just call you up offering a position. You would ask around or look for jobs online. Whether we want to believe it or not, we can make what we want to see happen in our society and in the world that we live in a reality. Sometimes it's just easier to believe and tell ourselves that our voices and actions do not matter or are insignificant. But how will we know until we REALLY try?
May today be a day of reflection and empowerment for all of us!
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.