MLK Day Thoughts

Honoring The Shoulders We Stand Upon, Continuing The Song

Jan 16, 2023

Parker J. Palmer

MLK Day is a celebration of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. But it is also a day to remember that we still have dream of a world that is better, kinder with safety and justice for all.

May we all take a moment today to appreciate the work of all those who have come before, the shoulders we stand upon with gratitude and inspiration.

But what I sense, is that to truly honor the work done before us, we must pick up the thread and keep singing, to build upon their work in large and small, daily ways. Love more truly and lift our voices, brave what pushes back.

Hope is not something gossamer or ephemeral. Hope is not just positive or wishful thinking. Hope is getting up in the morning and trying again, in our own way, within our own sphere of influence, to make the world a little better, a little kinder, a more joyous, more just, true and decent place. Some days living into active hope is harder than others, and so we remind one another, create places of support and sanctuary. And then, the next morning....we get up and do it again.

And so we living into active hope…because if not now…when?


What does living into daily hope look like for you? What has supported hope in the past, and are those things still available to you today?

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