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Showing posts from January, 2012

I have a dream

To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday - here is part of his famous speech delivered in Washington, D.C. in 1963.  You can find the full text on The Huffington Post web site.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair.

I say to you today, my friends, so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little ch…

Wishes for 2012

What I hope for us all is peace, in the deepest sense of the word.

That in your workplace you are seen (and respected) as the complex, gifted, individual you are.

That your family see the beauty in you and the world around them. That you appreciate and support one another. That your love is reciprocated.

That your community acknowledges your wealth in terms of what you contribute to the group - empathy, problem solving, ideas, effort, nurture, critical thinking and patience.

That your hopes and desires are aligned with the reality around you, and your expectations arise from a place of integrated kindness and justice.

That you are able to bridge the disappointments with new goals and aspirations, and that your moments of despair are short, alleviated by your resolve to carry on.

That your pain is met with healing from your own body and mind, and from your family and community.

That shame or guilt, if it must arise, is aligned to the pain we have caused (and not to the superficial cr…