Monday, January 16, 2017

Head and Heart

I drank my coffee slowly, while I read the many MLK quotes circling social media.  The smell is different when it comes from a mug.  It's warmer when you focus on the coffee rather than the traffic on the interstate.  It's different, better, somehow, when you are sitting on the couch!

I thought about Atlanta, Selma, Birmingham, and the challenges of all groups marginalized by more powerful peers as I held that warm cup.  I thought about the word slinging that has become the norm in recent politics and wondered what MLK would say if he were here with us today?

It's hard to be nice and kind, when you are angry, hurt or feel left out.  It's hard to look outside of our own experiences and notice the pain, needs and wants of others.   Yet, we're given this day in January not just as a day to sleep in and catch up.  We're meant to spend
time reflecting on the works and words of a man who was on earth not very long, but who left a huge mark.
"One day we will learn that the heart can never be totally right if the head is totally wrong. Only through the bringing together of head and heart—intelligence and goodness—shall man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature." MLK


Linda B said...

And we shall all believe in those words, holding on to them tightly, Anita. It's a mixed-up time, and Dr. King gave us something good to remember. Thanks!

Melanie Meehan said...

Great reminder of the importance of MLK Day. You've inspired me to slow down and think more about it. He really had beautiful, beautiful, important quotes.