Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Power of Forgiveness, by Martin Luther King, Jr. by Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day: The Power of Forgiveness, by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Forgiveness does more than heal. Forgiveness is love. As we remember and honor Martin Luther King, Jr., I share one of my favorite quotes about forgiveness from him:

"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

In this challenging political climate, these words resonate so strongly today. Let's not allow hate to divide us. Let's stand up for each other in the face of bigotry, bullying and deception. Let's shine a light on the positive rather than be dragged down by the negative. Let's be beacons of hope that encourage others to shine brightly, too. And let's remember Dr. King's powerful words:

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

Thank you, Martin Luther King, Jr., for showing us the way.

Photo: Martin Luther King Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial where he delivered his legendary, “I Have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963

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Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
This is beautiful, @elisa. Thank you for sharing it today.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you, Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead . I updated it a bit. I tend to get very emotional on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Sending you so much love and light, my friend! xoxo And thank you, Donna John !
Stephanie Cannoe
His message is timeless. His truth resonates. I am moved once again. Thank you.
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you, Donna John and Stephanie Cannoe . His truth is definitely timeless and rings so very true today. Hugs to both of you (and Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead ), who are beacons of light in my life! xoxo
Gail Harris
That is very beautiful and true @elisa. I love it.
Tiffany Zook
Amen!!! Read this to the kids tonight. Great post!
Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
Thank you, Gail Harris and Tiffany Zook . You two inspire me every day. Thank you for being bright sunshine in this world! xoxo

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