Honoring a Great Man Today: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Honoring a Great Man Today: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

My dream is to create a world of love and tolerance, where people make responsible choices from a place of personal power.  No one embodied, lived and died for that dream greater than the hero we honor today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. the man with a powerful dream.

Nothing I can say will do justice to his indelible spirit and passionate purpose.  Today on Facebook and Twitter I found myself sharing countless quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. what profound wisdom and statements he spoke, the eloquence of which I can only aspire.

As you go through your busy day stop and remember what a different world this would be if it were not for men such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And ask yourself what are you doing for others?

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“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is still so much work to be done.  I am humbled and challenged by the upward call and ask all of you to join me in seeing Dr. King’s dream fully realized in our generation.  Be the difference.  Do something, just move.

My tribute would not be complete without including the famous speech that still stirs the hearts, ignites the passions and motivates the masses to this day, “I Have a Dream Speech” this video may be lengthy but worth the view.

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar

Let Your Light Shine, Love Your Way Through Your Day

Let Your Light Shine, Love Your Way Through Your Day

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only LIGHT can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only LOVE can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Love is the light that we all have within us.  It only takes a single candle to light up the darkness.  Light is so much more powerful than darkness.  All around us are people stumbling around in the dark.  People are hurting, people are afraid and people are lost.  We are the stars that fill the darkest night.  One person can make a difference.

I am reading, Love for No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love by Marci Shimoff, and I love it.  There is a story opening the introduction that says what I mean so powerfully.  Here it is:

    “Through the train window, she watched the villages and vineyards of the Italian countryside go by.  It was 1942 and Sussi Penzia, a young Jewish woman who’d fled Nazi Germany, was traveling alone, hoping to remain unnoticed.  Since she’d arrived in Italy three years earlier, she’d been moving from place to place, staying with friends and friends of friends, hiding from the authorities.  Now she was on her way to yet another safe house in a new town.

    Suddenly, the door at the end of the train car swung open and two police officers came in.  Sussi’s heart beat wildly.  They were wearing the black uniform, of the Fascisti, the government police.  To Sussi’s horror, the policemen began making their way down the aisle, stopping at every row to examine papers of each passenger.

    Sussi knew that as soon as the policemen discovered she had no papers, she would be arrested. She was terrified she’d end up in a concentration camp and would face unimaginable suffering and almost certain death.

    The officers were getting closer, just a few rows away.  There was no escape. It was only a matter of minutes before they would reach her seat. Sussi began to tremble uncontrollably, and tears slid down her cheeks.

    The man sitting next to her noticed her distress and politely asked her why she was crying.

    “I’m Jewish and I have no papers,” she whispered, hardly able to speak.

    To her surprise, a few seconds later the man began shouting at her, “You idiot! I can’t believe how stupid you are! What an imbecile!”

    The police officers, hearing the commotion, stopped what they were doing and came over. “What’s going on here?” one of them asked. Sussi began to cry even harder.

    The man turned a disgusted face to the policemen and said, “Officers, take this woman away! I have my papers, but my wife has forgotten hers! She always forgets everything. I’m so sick of her. I don’t ever want to see her again!”

    The officers laughed, shaking their heads at the couple’s marital spat, and moved on.
   
    With a selfless act of caring, the stranger on the train had saved Sussi’s life. Sussi never saw the man again. She never even knew his name.

    …He helped her because in that moment of heroism he was moved by an impulse of compassion and unconditional love.”

Opportunities are all around us to be a light for someone else.  Most are nowhere near as extreme as this act of heroism but they will be significant.

I lived in NYC most of my life, it is commonplace to step over a homeless person asking for money.  In fact, most people are so immune to it they don’t even notice.  How often do we look away when we see an elderly person lost or a child crying? We don’t want to get involved, we are too busy.  Maybe it is just a kind word to someone who was just berated by a customer that is needed, but opportunities to be a light, to be love, are all around us.

My Challenge:  Set your intention to see opportunities to demonstrate love and light in the world throughout your day.  Opportunities will show up.  Make the most of them, and go for it.  Be the change you want to see in the world.

Namaste,
Maria Elena Escobar

 

Inch by Inch a Cinch: Yard by Yard is Hard

Inch by Inch a Cinch: Yard by Yard is Hard

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“Anything is possible if you break it down into small enough steps”

~ Henry Ford

So many people fail to change because they are overwhelmed by what it will take to get from where they are to where they need to be.  Trying to imagine making a change for the rest of our lives can be daunting; that is why AA says, “One day at a time.”

Think about how the automobile is made, using an assembly line.  The workers don’t have to build the car all at once, rather it is broken down into smaller steps and viola a car is born.

Instead of eating the whole pie in one gulp, first we take a slice then we take bite size pieces.  If we use that same approach to accomplishing our goals imagine how much simpler it would be.  I always say, “Inch by inch a cinch, yard by yard is hard.”

The famous Japanese proverb says, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says, “You don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step.”  Do you see where I am going here?

When I was taking back my life after my depression I had to take baby steps.  I set tiny goals, such as: “today I will make one call toward going back to school.”  Start where you’re at.  Break down your goal into tiny achievable steps and do one thing on the list each day.  You will gain momentum and you will be moving forward, even if you are inching along you are still lapping the person on the coach.

If you have a room that is overwhelming that you and need to organize, set the timer for 10 minutes or even 5 and choose one corner, do something you will feel so much better when you see how far you’ve come in such a short time.  If you want to start an exercise program don’t say, “I am going to work out 2 hours a day” and then when you can’t realistically do that, give up.  Instead say, “I will do 15 minutes or walk 5 minutes” and add a little more each day until it becomes habit.

A year from now will pass either way, what would you like to say then: “I am getting closer to my goal.” Or “I wish I took that wise women’s advice and made some changes in…”

My Challenge: Choose something you really want to accomplish.  Break it down into the smallest steps possible, searching on the web for info is an acceptable step.  Make a checklist with little box next to it so you can check off each thing as you do it.  Put it where you can see it.  Put one thing in your planner for the day then check it off the list.  Magic will happen!

Namaste,

Maria Elena Escobar