follow.

– Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.-

.Steve Jobs.

pointed toward the sun.

“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”

 

-Nelson Mandela-

The world lost a great man today, but his legacy will live on forever. 

free at last.

thank you Dr. King.

your dream has inspired so many.

 

“When we allow freedom to ring, when we let it ring
from every city and every hamlet, from every state and
every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of
God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and
Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join
hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
“Free at last, Free at last, Great God a-mighty, We are 
free at last.”

In Dr. King’s Words…

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Please enjoy this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and all that it means for so many Americans.

proud liberal.

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.” 

― John F. Kennedy,

 Profiles in Courage

i’m not God.

“The difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you. ” 
―Anne Lamott

i don’t even know how many times i’ve sat and laid out my plans for the day, the month … the rest of my life. i love to think that i have it all together, that i’m in control of everything.

in doing so i start to think i am just like God. that’s kind of a dumb thought huh?

this is what i do. i’ll think i’ve got my plans figured out, what i want to do and what i want to accomplish and how many right things i can do to make people like me and more importantly, to make me feel satisfied with myself. then, when i think i’ve molded it as perfectly as i think i can for a beautiful unveiling, i get knocked down. i sit and wonder why it didn’t work out this time, not understanding that one fundamental thing. i’m not God, not even remotely close. it seems simple enough, like it should be obvious or something but really, i have to keep getting that thought, that fact actually, drilled into my brain. one of these days i’m going to figure it all out. but first i’m going to have to remember that i’m not God and i can’t 1) do everything or 2) control anything.

seems easy enough right?

The Facts, please.

“it’s always a good idea to start by asking about the facts. Whenever you hear something said very confidently, the first thing that should come to mind is ‘wait a minute, is that true?’”

Noam Chomsky

ahh, the power of a word spoken confidently. it’s true isn’t it? you can hear the absolute truth in the meekest of ways and find it hard to believe, yet when an outright lie is spoken boldly, it is difficult to argue. it is important, especially during this debate season that we analyze the words, not the tone. it is essential that we pay special attention to the truth in the sentence, not simply how strongly the sentence was delivered. you will hear it from both sides. just because it was spoken with absolute confidence and gusto, does not make it absolute truth.