Peace to you, and to you, on this day of remembrance of a fallen leader of peace whom we can all take a moment in our busy lives to remember.
For some of us, we have lost parents or spouses who were younger than this age. For others, we still have parents or spouses who are this age – or older.
In James Taylor’s wonderful song, “Shed a Little Light”, he sings of turning our thoughts today to Martin Luther King and how we are bound together, all men and women living on the Earth. He sings of the ties of hope and love, of sister and brotherhood, and he sings of our unified desire to see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong.
I listened to this song sung by one of the members of my synagogue this past Friday evening and the thoughts shared by my rabbi, Serge Lippe, afterward.
This morning, I found this lovely short independent film on YouTube someone I don’t know posted that includes not only this song but a tribute in pictures and quotes to Dr. King and his legacy. It stirred me and brought me to tears.
What would our world be like if Dr. King had not died? What if Dr. King were alive today amidst all that has transpired in our world this past year since the last celebration of him last year? Do we really remember him and what he was dedicated to? And what are each of us doing to help take the steps needed to help make this world a better place – for our children and ourselves.
I implore you, as a woman or man living on the Earth today in today’s world, to take a few minutes to watch and listen to this moving fusion of James Taylor’s words and the images and quotes of Dr. King.
Be present to it. Close your door at your office or at home or take the time to watch it with your children and talk about Dr. King and what his efforts and life meant to you.
That road, my friends, still lies ahead of us all. Let’s take a moment in our own lives and remember him. More than that, let’s join hands and take the steps needed to really see the world become a place in which our children can grow free and strong. Every little step will get us that much closer.
You can do it!
We can do it!
You have the right to remain fabulous!