Reflections: MLK Jr.

On days like today it’s important to stop and reflect. Today is January 15, they say that Martin Luther King Jr. was born. To say that he has had a profound impact on society is an understatement. I find his quote below rather inspiring…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.

– Martin Luther King Jr.

This quote is very much a philosophy of mine. That you can’t change things by doing the same thing over and over. Further, you can get ride of darkness or hatred if you choose to combat it with light and love.

It may sound silly but I’ve spent the weekend watching one of my favorite movie series from my childhood, Harry Potter (if you have HBO all of the movies are available!) I find it fitting that I watched one of the most telling of stories about courage, bravery, and love this weekend while reflecting on the principles from MLK Jr. Not only is the movie series about darkness versus light, hatred versus love, evil versus good, it is about individual strength, self confidence, and communal triumph. While watching all 8 movies (yes I watched from the very beginning), you see these characters develop over time and how they become stronger and more self confident (even the brave Neville Longbottom). However, the good community triumphed in the end because those characters grew strong, acted confidently in the name of love, and ultimately defeated evil with light. I find the following quote very similar to that of Martin Luther King Jr…

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

– Professor Albus Dumbledore

I hope this holiday weekend has you reflect on the qualities that you want to build up just and MLK Jr. and Professor Dumbledore built in those around them, like strength, confidence, bravery, and acting in the name of kindness and love.

The Martin Luther King Jr. monument pictured in 2011, the year it was erected.

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