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What We Can Learn From Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.?

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"Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King believed that each of us is special. Each of us is here for a purpose and that the main purpose for all of us is to make the world a better place. No matter what color you are, what religion you are, what you look like, what you sound like, and no matter where you’re from. You belong here.

This month, we celebrate the legacy of this great man. During his life, Dr. King inspired millions to see beyond skin color with his extraordinary ability to speak. Today, his "I Have a Dream" speech still directs us toward an ideal America, free from racism and injustice. Dr. King understood that his words had the power to transform others.

Through our actions and words we too can affect the lives of those around us. Words have tremendous power. Remarkably, off handed comments about another person such as "you're dumb, selfish, giving, sensitive, fat, lazy, pretty, dark skinned or ugly" can make us feel either great or terrible. What we say matters. This gives us an important choice to make each day: will we use our words to lift up others or bring them down?

Conventional wisdom says, "think before you speak." Today, the watch word is "think before you type." With social media such as Facebook and Twitter, people have never had a greater ability to communicate with millions of others around the world.

Consider the potential impact you have on others-will it be positive or negative? Sure enough, research shows that what we hear from other people can significantly impact our behavior and actions.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

The idea that a person would consider their words and actions in relation to how they impact the world? That’s a philosophy that we could all stand to learn a little from.

“We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

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