Inspirational Thoughts for 1/21/19
by Patricia Feager
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
--- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Today we celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thousands of books have been written about history, including MLK. They say history repeats itself. Ironically, about 72 hours ago I was having a conversation with a friend who mentioned a movie called "Giant" which was made in Texas when I was too young and had no recollection of seeing the movie ever in my lifetime. Coincidentally, Turner Classic Movies presented the movie last night and I watched the whole three-hour and twenty-one-minute movie! So what does Giant have to do with Martin Luther King, Jr.? Everything!
The movie made in 1956 starred new actors in the entertainment world. Each actor, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carol Baker, and Sal Mineo played a character very similar to people who played significant roles in shaping history, such as Martin Luther King. The movie had a lot to do with building relationships, business, family, social issues, injustice, wealth building opportunities, dreams, home, land, children, sickness, education, power struggles, a sense of belonging, and moral issues. History always tells a story.
In today's culture, we have to wonder, how did things get to be the way they are and was life always filled with challenges, adversity, curiosity, and why does somebody always change the course of history because they had the courage to believe in standing up for something they strongly believe? In memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, JR, I have to say, yes history does repeat itself and there are numerous examples of how history shaped our lives. If we open up our eyes, our hearts, and keep an open mind we will learn that during difficult times extraordinary people shall always rise to the occasion. And at the center of positive change, there is always faith, hope, charity, and the greatest gift of all love.