And so we come to that time of the new year when the big holidays and celebrations have passed, decorations have been stored away, and we’re all back in the daily routines of everyday life. Winter is well under way, and despite the back and forth of mild temperatures in the Northeast U S, the rest of the country is experiencing the familiar snow, sleet, ice and cold temperatures we’ve all come to expect at this time of year. The January slump is upon us, it would seem. But, wait! There is one more celebration to come. It is a celebration of the life and convictions of someone whose words and actions are indelibly etched in our thoughts and in our hearts.
On Monday, January 21st, 2013, we will again celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., a pastor and a man who spoke out loud his dreams of a world in which we could all live side by side, in harmony and with tolerance and peace. He spoke to our highest dreams and aspirations. He gave us words to live by, and a vision of a world in which most of us want to live. He described the world that we are all beginning to experience, in some measure, and that would not have been possible without the dreams and perseverance those who followed those dreams in his name and in the name of humanity.
So when you feel the January blues start to creep in, remember that just as a dream helped change lives and hearts, so will it bring the spring and a time of renewal, light and hope. Keep your eyes on the dream and your hearts open. Miracles happen every day.