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It's cold and sunny today, but unseasonably warm weather and rain are on the way. Currently, it's 31˚F.

My favorite Martin Luther King, Jr. quote is most likely, “Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” I admit, though, I have a lot of trouble living up to it. The natural human reflex is, I believe, to return hate with hate, and too often I am human.

I didn't write yesterday. I erased everything I wrote the day before, then had no idea what to replace it with. Today, I try again.

Rezistenţă, pace şi compasiune,
Matusa Fiarei

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faffinz
Jan. 16th, 2017 06:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I had never actually read much he'd written before. Perhaps the most important thing he said was: "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?" Which reminded me of Albert Schweitzer's quote: “I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.”

Some MLK I found relevant:

“If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

“As my sufferings mounted I soon realised that there were two ways in which I could respond to my situation -- either to react with bitterness or seek to transform the suffering into a creative force. I decided to follow the latter course.”

“We are faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residues of numerous civilisations are written the pathetic words ‘Too Late’.”

“The major problem of life is learning how to handle the costly interruptions. The door that slams shut, the plan that got sidetracked, the marriage that failed. Or that lovely poem that didn't get written because someone knocked on the door.”

“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows. Let us realise the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice.”

"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop. And I don't mind."

― Martin Luther King Jr.
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