Mister Martin.

I hope everyone had a great holiday yesterday. Most of us had to go to work, including me. I run a French school so we don’t necessarily honor the American holidays like we should. But I still wanted to take some time to give praise to the man who spoke some of my favorite quotes and changed history because of his dreams for peace and equality.

Everyday I try to do my best. Not just with work but with the people I come face to face with. My mother, my friends, strangers. Yet there are days when I feel a storm rolling in my depths. The smallest of things sets me off. Stress is brewing, my belief is waning. Usually I’m always positive and happy but to have days of darkness might just be human nature. The hard part is pulling yourself out of it. What I’ve found that helps me the most are words. When I read positive and meaningful pieces the words enter my consciousness and a seed is planted. Brainwashed for the better, I call it. Maybe at that moment no change is felt but little by little I stop noticing those annoying things like how loud the car driving next to me is bumping that rap music laced with words that make me blush or when I wake up in the morning to see a mess that magically appeared over night (I swear it wasn’t there when I went to sleep!) and instead I look up at the sky and notice how lovely it is when the sun lay behind clouds making them shine like golden cotton candy or the blueness of the sky and how it reminds me of how free I am in this life, how far I can go…
Here are a few quotes that work as my picker-uppers:

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

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.

And they all came from the man of greatness, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. His actions and words will remain with us for eternity.Long after his death and far after mine.
For those of you who honor his life, I honor you too.

Peace be with you Lovelies.

Lindsay Reva


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