McClure: My Life Today After MLK Jr.
Hispanics in Focus
Those of you that have known me for a long time know that I do not send pictures of kitty cats, or forward emails of virus ridden slide shows set to music and I certainly don't send emails en masse or update everyone about how awesome my day is. And this is still not one of those blanket nonspecific personal updates, it is personally directed to each one of you.
This morning I was thinking and about Dr. King, and I thought of my friends and it really struck me that if it had not been for him and others like him, I would not have the friends that I have today. Or if I did, we certainly would not be able to allgo out to eat, drink and do all of the other things we do and have done together. So I was feeling extra grateful today for my friends and all of the struggles that the people, who came before us - went through to make it possible.
I was thinking about Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the Lincoln Memorial, and one of the lines that always stands out to me is when he is talking about his children and he says that he has a dream that one day they will live,"...where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character" that too is my quest, that all of us take time to know each other before we make decisions about one's character.
But the bottom line is we cannot have higher expectations of others than what we ourselves practice. It only takes one person to instigate change and it is never too late to start. It is our acts and perceptions and especially what it is that we teach our children that can make a difference to the world as a whole, so that one day his dream will be a reality.
So today I wish all of you a Happy Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those of you who have the day off - I hope you enjoy it. And I hope to see all of you sometime soon and we can again"sit down together at the table of brotherhood" together.
Tausheli is a contributing writer for Hispanic.com