This day to me is special because I reflect on my own behaviors I project onto my children. Each day am I making a conscience effort not to be ruled by the human flaw of racism? Am I a prejudiced person? I would like to believe I am not but, I must be. I am a flawed human and must work daily to over come the ideal that I am superior to anyone.
One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is,
"Everybody can be great... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."
So I ask myself today, have I the 'served' the world by teaching our sons to accept and love others? I would like to believe I have and will one day see if our actions as parents will bring forth Men who, also will serve humanity for a greater good.
Another favorite quote from Dr. King is,
"We will have to repent in this generation not merely for the hateful words and actions of the bad people but for the appalling silence of the good people." - Martin Luther King, Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"
I ask myself -- have I always been on my best behavior or have I allowed things to go by with silence? I firmly believe humans who are stronger should always assist those who are unable to help themselves through adversity, hardship, and or an unjust battle.
And while I love my sons with all my heart; I pray we have raised good servants. I hope we have taught them to love others just as we do. I look forward to seeing them move about the world as men of character who, are willing to risk their comfort for their fellow man. I leave you with this last quote.
"If a man hasn't discovered something he will die for, he isn't fit to live." - Martin Luther King, Jr