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In a world where people are quick to turn a blind eye and are reluctant to help others out of fear of being sued for their good samaritan efforts, when does doing the right thing become so wrong? On the heels of celebrating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who courageously championed doing right no matter the consequences, how can anyone justify a 12 year old child for stepping up in a moment of crisis to save her friend?
That is the dilemma Indiyah Rush, an honor roll student at Schrade Middle School in Garland, TX is facing. Indiyah, having suffered with asthma since the age of five, immediately recognized her friend wheezing, gasping for air, and on the verge of an attack herself, and offered her friend, Alexis Kyle, her inhaler. An inhaler! Young Alexis, by all accounts, was gasping for air and in distress and Indiyah helped her friend and is quoted as saying, “I was only trying to save her life.” And for this, both ladies were suspended and are now facing a month in an alternative school for their actions. (more…)
Today I had one of the most interesting and inspirational conversations with an old friend. As we were catching up and he was filling me in on his life over the past years, I couldn’t help but smile as I could hear how far he has come and more importantly, how much he has overcome. To say I am excited for the path that he is on would be an understatement.
What stood out the most and resonated the loudest was we he began to explain his “leap of faith.” We’ve heard people use this phrase many times, but actually witnessing its manifestation is monumental and can leave one awestruck. It’s not about doubting a person, not believing in their talents, or thinking it is impossible, but our inability at times to see beyond the here and now, past the obstacles. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said. “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” When you are climbing the stairs or taking the escalator, do you actually look at how many step are there or do you trust that it will be there one by one as you move along. No different in life.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear,” is a very powerful quote by Jack Canfield. How often how you let fear, doubt, insecurity, the unknown stop you from discovering your greatness. Just like the staircase, if only you took one step, the other step would manifest one after another helping you to continue to climb and reach your dreams. Sometimes, you literally have to walk on expectancy, believing that what you desire is not only possible, but also attainable. Faith will provide and fill in the gaps where provisions are lacking.
Think about a puzzle. Like the picture on the box, you have your vision in mind, you know what your dream looks like. As you began to place the puzzle pieces together, the picture starts to develop. Such as your leap of faith. After you take that first step, trusting and believing the picture will come together, the pieces will begin to formulate on their own, lining up perfectly. People will be drawn to you offering assistance you never thought possible and providing exactly what you need even though you had no idea you need them. Funds will become available, allowing you to not inly sustain, but grow and prosper. Your confidence will expand and the walk up the staircase will become exciting and exhilarating.
What my friend showed my yet again is that when we believe and trust, when we walk on faith, we strive for our hopes and dreams, the possibilities are endless! I can’t think him enough for inspiring me to continue to pursue my dreams and I challenge each of you to do the same.
“We must be willing to let go if the life we planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell
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5 decades later and from generation to generation, many have lived to witness the legacy and longevity of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s spirit; a spirit that 50 years later still permeates every soul. Dr. King stood proudly, without fear, reservation, or doubt on the merits of hope, equality, and inspiration. What Dr. King professed in 1963 remains relevant in 2013. Many have attempted to fill the void left by his assassination, but none have garnered the mass support or respect shown to Dr. King. An oracle and visionary, he fought vehemently to pave the way so all citizens would be afforded the same rights and opportunities; a feat that is still an ongoing battle.
Hope is the fabric dreams are woven from; the zeal of endless possibilities; and the ship to carry you troubled waters.
What do you do when you start losing hope? It’s a question so many face and even fewer have the answer to. Worse, when hope is lost, nothing else seems to matter or make sense.
Life is a fickle beast that can tear the strongest of souls apart. Life will also stretch the fiber of your very being. It will bring you to your knees if you allow it to or cause you to rise from the ashes if you accept that challenge. At the core of the spectrum is… HOPE! Emily Dickinson said, ““Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.” In the movie I Am Number Four, the character Pittacus Lore states, “When you have lost hope, you have lost everything. And when you think all is lost, when all is dire and bleak, there is always hope.”