Monday in the US we celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was a brave man with a big heart and courageous enough to not only pursue his dream but share it with the world and get thousands of people involved. As I was thinking about his impact as a family guy and someone who cared strongly about others, I found this quote:
“In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
We’ve talked many times about how powerful we are, in both words and actions. As adults we teach (our) kids words to use and things to do, whether good or bad. They may not copy us but they definitely see what we do and take note of it. Some choose not to follow our example and to follow a different path, but others do follow us, for good or bad.
It’s hard to see the bad that’s done in the world, especially since there’s so much of it, or at least that’s how it seems since that’s what most of the news is about. And those people who do bad are remembered like Hitler and Jack the Ripper. We too usually can remember the people who bullied us as kids and those who attack our children too. They’re memorable because they had such a negative impact on our lives and/or our world.
There are also people who we think are generally good, our friends and family for example. Which is why when they do things that hurt us or our kids it makes it more shocking and worse than seeing the evil in the world as done by “bad” people. So what’s my advice in following the wisdom of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr? Simply to choose your friends wisely and teach your kids how to respect and treat others well.