“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. epitomized living love out loud and proving that one person could make a difference.

Brené Brown, author of two of my favorite books Daring Greatly and Rising Strong talks a lot about being vulnerable, showing up/getting in the arena, getting your butt kicked, and then figuring out how to get back up. I’ve learned that it’s easy to get weary and frustrated when you’re repeatedly getting your butt kicked in the arena (which feels similar to having your heart pierced in my experience), but people like MLK, Jr. who’ve proven it can be done, inspire me to stay in the arena and keep a soft and open heart (even when it’s a thousand times harder than it would be to just turn away, wrap myself in my privileges and be willfully ignorant).

Thank you, Martin Luther King, Jr., for your courage, your action and your love that has inspired the way for SO many!

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