On the third Monday in January, the United States celebrates the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. An inspiration to millions during his lifetime, Dr. King’s legacy lives on today. It’s channeled by civic, religious, and academic leaders, and it’s a beacon for individuals seeking light in times of darkness. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that,” said Dr. King. As we celebrate his life and legacy, consider the sources of light and dark, of hope and pain, in your own life. If you’ve been running in circles, doling out blame and excuses for the darkness that pulls on you, make this the year that you stop focusing on the darkness and seek to cultivate light. That could mean mending deep wounds with a loved one, finding a therapist to really get help, or fighting for justice with others in your community. Bourn both collectively and privately, there’s already enough darkness in the world; we’d all do well to take Dr. King’s words to heart, to step up, and devote ourselves to making things better.
© Copyright 2011 by By John Smith, therapist in Bellingham, Washington. All Rights Reserved. Permission to publish granted to GoodTherapy.org.
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