Monday, January 21, 2013

Motivational Monday

Today is a quite historic day for the citizens of the United States of America. Today is Martin Luther King Jr. day. This holiday is literally as old as I am. Today is also the Inauguration Day for President Barack Obama's second term. If you are not aware, the author of this blog ethnically identifies as "black". I once read somewhere Oprah Winfrey saying something that I truly identified with, "I'm black, I don't feel burdened by it and I don't think it's a huge responsibility. It's part of who I am. It does not define me." 

I mention that quote to explain that I'm not mentioning the historic nature of today due to my ethnic identity. I am mentioning the historic nature of today as a representative of how far this country has come in it's acceptance of our internal differences. A non-white, non-presidential man is being recognized for a national governmental holiday and a biracial president that identifies as "black" being sworn in as president for his second term, being recognized on the same day. It gives a sense of motivational optimism and a sense of hope in the kindred spirits of humanity. During Obama's second inauguration, he plans to do something slightly different. He will place his hand on two Bibles, one owned by the slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. and another used by Abraham Lincoln at his swearing-in on March 4, 1861. What a day! 

So today, I'll live you with a quote of the man that we honor today, 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. 
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Talk to you later Lovelies!!! 

~ Shan, Naturally Random

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