quote du jour ~king – nonviolence means…

Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.

~Martin Luther King, Jr.

quote du jour ~king

Another way that you love your enemy is this: When the opportunity presents itself for you to defeat your enemy, that is the time which you must not do it. There will come a time, in many instances, when the person who hates you most, the person who has misused you most, the person who has gossiped about you most, the person who has spread false rumors about you most, there will come a time when you will have an opportunity to defeat that person. It might be in terms of a recommendation for a job; it might be in terms of helping that person to make some move in life. That’s the time you must do it. That is the meaning of love. In the final analysis, love is not this sentimental something that we talk about. It’s not merely an emotional something. Love is creative, understanding goodwill for all men. It is the refusal to defeat any individual.

~Martin Luther King Jr.

shine your light

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Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that the holidays we celebrate at this time of year—Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas—all have light as a central theme. With the Solstice (December 21st in the Northern Hemisphere), the ancients celebrated the return of the light. From that day on, the dark winter days would gradually lengthen, bringing spring to the earth once again. Hannukkah celebrates an event in Jewish history during which the lamp oil that was only supposed to last for one day burned instead for eight days. Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, the “Light of the World.” They’re all about hope, about the light dispelling the darkness.

I think the message these holidays can bring us is that, even in the darkness, we need to remember the light. Especially in times of darkness, we need to remember that there is light. For every act of hatred, there is an act of lovingkindness. For every tortured, angry, dark soul, there is another soul shining his or her light on the world. And we need to remember, in the midst of the darkness, that we can choose the light.

Blessings to all of you out there who take the time to read this blog. I like to think of you as pinpoints of light scattered across the globe—in 150 countries, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. The image comforts me and warms my heart.

So the next time you’re tempted to think, “I’m only one person. What can I do?”…remember that your light joined with the light of all the others like you (and there are others like you) can set the world ablaze with light.

In this season of celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, please, shine your light, whatever that means to you. It doesn’t need to be a grand gesture. Just listen to your heart. You’ll know.

As I like to say, “Merry Happy!” Wherever you are, I wish you a beautiful, peaceful, light-filled season and send my light across the miles to join with yours.

~Viki/pathwriter

 

quote du jour ~king

Now there is a final reason I think that Jesus says, “Love your enemies.” It is this: that love has within it a redemptive power. And there is a power there that eventually transforms individuals. Just keep being friendly to that person. Just keep loving them, and they can’t stand it too long. Oh, they react in many ways in the beginning. They react with guilt feelings, and sometimes they’ll hate you a little more at that transition period, but just keep loving them. And by the power of your love they will break down under the load. That’s love, you see. It is redemptive, and this is why Jesus says love. There’s something about love that builds up and is creative. There is something about hate that tears down and is destructive. So love your enemies. (from )

~Martin Luther King Jr., “Loving Your Enemies” from A Knock at Midnight: Inspiration from the Great Sermons of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.

quote du jour ~king – darkness cannot…

Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

~Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches