25 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes That Inspire

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Born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15th, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to the cause of equality for African-Americans. His work altered the course of the nation and his life has inspired so many people in search of freedom and equality.

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous I Have A Dream speech. Some of the most remembered words from those days include the following:

“Free at last, free at last. Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

Every time I read these words my mind turns to an image Martin Luther King Jr. standing at a podium at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. as he gives this historic speech. You can watch him giving his I Have A Dream speech here. CNN asserts that he gave an impressive 450 speeches a year and wrote five books over his lifetime. On April 4th, 1968, he was assassinated while in Memphis, Tennessee but his powerful words continue to resound with Americans today.

Below you will find 25 of his most dynamic and inspirational quotes.

25 Inspirational Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

1. “The true neighbor will risk his position, his prestige and even his life for the welfare of others.”

2. “Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”

3. “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. That is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

4. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.”

5. “Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it. Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it. Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.”

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6. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

7. “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”

8. “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.”

9. “We must use time creatively, in the knowledge that the time is always ripe to do right.”

10. “Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”

11. “He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love.”

12. “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.”

13. “Only in the darkness can you see the stars.”

14. “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”

15. “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle.”

16. “I came to that conclusion that there is that existential moment in your life when you must decide to speak for yourself; Nobody else can speak for you.”

17. “The soft-minded man always fears change. He feels security in the status quo, and he has an almost morbid fear of the new. For him, the greatest pain is the pain of a new idea.”

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Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. giving his “I Have a Dream” speech during the March on Washington in Washington, D.C., on 28 August 1963.

18. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe nor politic nor popular, but he must take it because his conscience tells him it is right.”

19. “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

20. “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

21. “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.”

22. “Everything that we see is a shadow cast by that which we do not see.”

23. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act; it is a constant attitude.”

24. “Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

25. “No person has the right to rain on your dreams.”


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9 Powerful Ways To Turn Your Brain Towards Happiness

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Psychologists say the human mind is like an ocean, always preoccupied with rushing thoughts and restlessness which often prevent us from finding lasting peace of mind or mental calmness. Negative thought is not good for you; it can eat away your decision-making skills, creativity and productivity.

For many people, it is easier for them to remember the bad things that have happened to them than the good. In this article, we will teach you powerful ways to turn your brain towards happiness. Authentic happiness is the goal of human existence. Below are the powerful ways to guide your heart towards a joyful existence:

How To Turn Your Brain To Happiness

1. Eat Healthy And Get Regular Exercise

We are often faced with distracted lifestyle, and because of this many of us fail to listen to our body, by drinking and eating the wrong foods, forgetting to engage in physical exercise or over-exercise and not having enough sleep.

Studies show that when we eat the right foods and engage in a credible exercise routine, we will feel better, become better, and perform better. Our whole body will change and we will also have the right positive mindset when we take in the right nutrition. The best way to take care of your mind is by taking absolute care of your body.

2. Listen To Music

Listening to empowering or inspiring music can be a great way to liberate your mind from worries and anxieties that cloud your day. Make a list of inspiring music you love, and download it to your Smartphone or laptop, and listen to the music while you work or in your quiet time.

3. Think Positive Thoughts

Clinical psychologists report the human mind thinks about 60,000 thoughts every day, about one thought every second. Further research shows that 95% of people have thoughts which are 80% negative. Our natural inclination is to focus on the negative.

Programming your mind to think positive affirmations is incredibly powerful and yields multiple positive results. If you find yourself thinking a negative thought, simply stop and guide your mind with a more inspiring thought. If you keep doing this, it will gradually become a habit.

4. Socialize To Keep Your Brain Healthy

Keep your brain busy and healthy by socializing with friends and associates. If you are facing some challenges like relationship or marital issues, academic challenges or anything else, then discuss it with an expert or with someone you can trust. If bad thoughts come to you, try as much as possible to replace them with positive thoughts.

All these actions will re-wire your brain and make it stay healthy, active and alive. Surround yourself with people who love, support and want you to create a fulfilling lifestyle. Such people will inspire you to transformative action; You will find inspiration to be the best you can be.

5. Try Something New

Cut off all excesses in your life, always be contented with what you have, and get rid of the things you don’t need. Live a simple life. This can boost your happiness, bringing freedom and richness to your life. Success is the result of patience and habits; It is not defined by superior intelligence or extraordinary abilities.

Show acts of kindness. Givers are happy people, and they don’t lack for anything. No matter how little you have, share your time, talent and treasure with those that are in need of it. Giving of yourself inspires feelings of fulfillment. One of the beautiful ways to feel happier today is to give to another person. It could just be a listening ear, a smile or little acts of kindness.

6. Challenge Your Mind

One of the most effective ways to challenge your mind is by reading. Never grow tired of reading. When you read quality books, you fill your mind with quality thoughts.

Every day of your life,  strive to do something worth writing about or write things worth reading. Readers are achievers, they are unstoppable! Do everything that will align with your goals. Reading or writing challenges your mind to action and makes it more productive.

7. Learn To Play An Instrument

Extensive research shows that music increases your brain sharpness, productivity and brings forth underlying emotions. Thus, there is a huge joy that comes with playing music.

Music is the food of the soul; just as your body needs to eat foods to survive, feeding your soul with music will help you to live happier and feel better. Learn to play an instrument, and play the music that makes you feel satisfied; you will be exceedingly happy doing so.

8. Be Curious

If you are curious about something, it will affect the overall chemistry of your brain. Curiosity activates your reward system, releases dopamine, improves your capacity to learn and energizes your motivation.

Curiosity and sense of wonder prompt us to find immediate answers to questions. It leads to learning, research, and exploration. The key here is to stay curious. It will cause you to learn new things about the world and how you can bring positive transformations to the environment where you live.

9. Get Enough Rest And Sleep

Sleeping boosts your mood and makes you feel exceedingly better. To live a healthy lifestyle, you must cultivate the habit of enjoying quality sleeping time. Research shows that getting adequate sleep can benefit your mind, weight and heart.

During sleep, your mind practices skills it learned while you were awake; this is known as ‘consolidation’. Sleeping improves your memory and helps you live longer and better. When you wake up from sleep, your body will feel energized to do more creative work.

Related: 16 Quick Tips To Help You Sleep Better Tonight


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How To Be Honest With Yourself: And Does It Even Matter?

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As I reflect on this past year, my heart is full of gratitude for God’s grace and provision and for a wonderful family and friends. I’m incredibly thankful for all of my awesome readers – You guys are the best! The blog is growing so much and I’m truly excited for what the future holds. I’m thankful to be able to share my story and make connections with so many awesome people who want to live a healthy life too.

Each of us has a unique life story. Many of us have had difficulties in the past. Whether it’s living through a chronic illness, losing a loved one, a divorce, money problems or any problems people face, your story is important.

I’ve struggled for years with sharing the hard parts of my life, but it’s getting easier. For so long I believed people would only accept me if I had happy, positive things to say. But I’ve learned this simple is not true.

Of course, being completely honest with yourself is hard.

We want to look like we have it all together, but the realities of life are more complex. And I now realize that acting like everything is great (even for the sake of others) isn’t being true to myself or anyone else.

And though I don’t feel like I’ve pretended, I recognize that sometimes I put blinders up to avoid dealing with tough situations. One of the most challenging things for me is being honest with myself. And you cannot deal with what you don’t acknowledge.

Sometimes we need to get down to the nitty-gritty. You know? And when we do, some pretty amazing things can happen!

Have you heard? People want to see the real you. This doesn’t mean we’re complaining all the time or over sharing private information. I’m not talking about betraying a confidence or gossiping about other people here. I would never recommend that.

I mean being yourself, your real self…imperfections and all. Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

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The Benefits Of Being Real

I know what you might thinking – that’s too scary or hard. But once you learn to be honest with your yourself you can experience several benefits:

  • Living honestly can set you free.
  • You feel like a weight has been lifted.
  • Your tribe expands. People are drawn to you because you’re real and easy to relate to.
  • Your self-image improves because you’re being honest and true to yourself.
  • Living honestly, instead of pretending, can put others at ease and encourage them to be real too.

How To Be Honest With Yourself

Now that you know some of the benefits of being real, you may be wondering how to be honest with yourself. The tips below can help.

  1. Take responsibility for your mistakes. We all make them.
  2. Be aware of your feelings. Then figure out why you’re feeling that way and deal with any problems.
  3. Recognize both the good and bad in your life. Get real with yourself.
  4. Accept your limitations. Stay humble and open to learning more and growing in knowledge.
  5. Be self-aware and practice your new skills.
  6. Take time to journal and/or reflect on your thoughts and actions. Avoid being overly critical of yourself. Focus on what went right and what improvements you can make in the future.
  7. Avoid over-analyzing or rationalizing your situation. Be realistic and face issues head-on.

Related: Disappointment Hack: When You Want A Swimming Pool But Get A Dirt Road

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20 Insider Tips For Being Punctual: How To Be On Time

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A few weeks ago my family and I had a crazy morning. In a strange turn of events, my husband’s cell phone alarm didn’t go off, my Fitbit alarm didn’t work, one of our teenage daughters overslept and the other one was sleeping in because she had a late start schedule that morning at school.

If you can relate to this situation you can likely predict what happened next.

My husband, who is never ever late for work was the first to wake up and discover what time it was. Then he woke me up to break the news.

From there, things were fairly chaotic as we all rushed around to get ready for the day. I literally had 10 minutes to drive Emma to school. I’m not sure how we pulled it off, by the grace of God for sure. And perhaps the absence of the highway patrol (yikes). Either way, we made it on time. I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone comb their hair and brush their teeth that quickly before!

Needless to say, that night before turning in, we set back-up alarms for our alarms so we could avoid what happened from repeating itself.

Are You Chronically Late?

Being punctual is crucial if you want to live a successful life and be the best version of yourself. Learning tools to help manage your time and plan ahead can really boost your ability to be on time. As you might have guessed, this issue is not uncommon. Many of us have trouble getting where we need to be at a specific time. In fact, one U.S. survey revealed 15 to 20 percent of the population is “consistently late”, especially regarding work.

So whether you’re chronically falling behind or simply show up tardy every once in a while, this article is for you.

 

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20 Insider Tips For Being Punctual

  1. If you’re like me and need a cup of coffee to help you wake up in the morning, prep your coffee maker the night before so all you have to do is press start. Also, some coffee makers have a timing feature so you can set it to brew your coffee while you’re still in dreamland. Then, voila…when you awaken from your deep slumber you will have fresh coffee ready to enjoy.
  2. Plan ahead the night before by making a to-do list for the following day. Make this part of your evening routine.
  3. Lay out the clothes, shoes and accessories you plan to wear in the morning.
  4. Prep your breakfast and lunch so you can grab it and go.
  5. Keep your car keys in a designated place to avoid having to search for them when you’re short on time.
  6. Set multiple alarms (speaking from experience here). Use timers to help you stay on track with a variety of tasks throughout the day.
  7. Wake up when your alarm goes off the first time and get out of bed. Just do it.
  8. Set reminders for appointments and meetings ahead of time.
  9. Avoid over-commitment. Learn how to say no. It’s better to do a few things well than juggling too many activities and being stressed out all the time.
  10. When it’s time to leave stop what you’re doing and focus on the next event. Avoid getting distracted by other commitments.
  11. Avoid traveling during peak hours if possible. This can help you avoid traffic jams and other delays.
  12. Use your time wisely. Seizing a few extra minutes throughout your day can help immensely. Maximizing your time helps you meet deadlines, complete tasks and prevents you from having to rush from one meeting to the next.
  13. Keep your car full of gas so you aren’t delayed because you have to fill up.
  14. Keep a calendar to record all your upcoming events in the same place. If you prefer a paper calendar, use that. But if you like using your device consider keeping your schedule on a phone app. Or consider using Google Calendar. David and I both use it and it allows us to sync our calendars and share them with each other. This makes it easier for us to plan family events.
  15. Remember, being on time shows respect for others. Punctuality is just plain good manners.
  16. Plan on being early. Giving yourself a buffer is important because you can’t always predict traffic jams or other situations that could slow you down.
  17. Eliminate distractions such as loud noises, excessive talking and T.V when possible.
  18. Relax your expectations for how events should go. Don’t be a perfectionist. Lighten up and events will tend to go more smoothly.
  19. If you’re traveling, plan ahead and know exactly where you’re going. A GPS or Google Maps can help with this.
  20. You can be on time! But, life happens and sometimes an emergency comes up that must be dealt with immediately. If extenuating circumstances prevent you from arriving on time always communicate that you’re running behind.
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To Sum Up

Most of us don’t enjoy the consequences of being late. It causes stress, loss of productivity, irritates others and can make your boss angry too; And who wants that?

Practicing the tips for being punctual above can help you create new habits for being on time. And who knows, you might even impress your friends and family with your newly discovered punctuality!


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6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling: Enhance Your Face Value

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Even when the occasional Lyme-induced brain fog causes me to forget what I was thinking two seconds before I’ll not soon forget what happened one wintery day when we lived in Mt Vernon. Our two middle kiddos, both redheads, lost teeth at school the same day.

The nurse gave them one of those little plastic tooth necklaces to keep their teeth safe until they got home and could show me before placing them under their pillow for the Tooth Fairy to collect that night before leaving a little treasure behind.

Cooper and Maddie are originals (as you can probably see in the photo below).

You know how twins have their own language (cryptophasia)?

Well I’ve often said these two speak their own middle child language. And they do.

They have such a rapport with each other and they’ll say things to each other no one else

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Toothy smiles, turtlenecks and ginger love.

seems to understand. And then they’ll bust out laughing. Yes, they’re hilarious. And so much fun.

I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the red hair. 🙂

Anyway, I’ll never forget those giant toothy (yet, partially toothless) grins, the turtlenecks they were wearing because it was so cold that day and the tooth necklaces around their necks.

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Smiling and laughing come naturally to children, but as we get older do we get more serious? Or do we still remember how to laugh with the reckless abandon of a child?

Even though adult life changes as we have bills to pay, bosses to please and families to support don’t forget…you’re only as old as you feel.

Smiling and laughing on a daily basis is not only acceptable, but it might be just what the doctor ordered.

6 Unexpected Benefits Of Smiling

1. Reduces Stress And Anxiety

When you smile the pituitary gland releases chemical endorphins throughout the body. These neurotransmitters naturally lower our stress and cause us to feel happier…and who doesn’t love that?!

2. Stimulate The Immune System

Smiling causes your body to make white blood cells which fight off illness. A 2015 study showed laughter therapy boosted the immune response in women who had just given birth to babies. (1)

3. Makes You Appear More Approachable

Smiling makes you more confidant and attractive to others.

A smile is welcoming and shows other people you’re open to interacting.

4. Increased Longevity

A 2010 study found that positive emotions, such as smiling are directly linked to an increased life span. (2)

5. A Better Mood

When you’re feeling down in the dumps, try smiling because it just might help. Findings of a 2010 study reported that when you make yourself smile when you’re feeling sad emotions it improves your state of mind and helps you view life more positively. (3)

6. Improved Relationships

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Our Drew (who is now 20) smiling as a little guy.

People who smile a lot are often likable, and this can positively impact your relationships. Positive emotions are associated with more successful interactions and happiness in marriage.

The Takeaway

Whether young or old, the benefits of smiling for your health and relationships are too many to count.

The simple act of putting a smile on your face can boost your mood and positively affect your day. People will find you even more likable when you show off those pearly whites and flash them a smile. 🙂


What benefits have you experienced from smiling? Any funny stories to tell?

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