Martin Luther King Jr.’s infamous mug shot after his arrest.

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”

            – Martin Luther King Jr.

Today would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.  More than 40 years after his death we continue to remember and honor his many accomplishments.  Martin Luther King Jr. overcame so many obstacles.  Despite being jailed and having the odds stacked against him in his movement to uplift Blacks in America, he pressed on and still had hope.  He had the hope that Blacks and Whites could live harmoniously and that the laws would be changed to facilitate that.  Most people today would have given up the fight but he never did.  He never lost hope.

Sometimes in life we are disappointed and it seems like it’s the end.  Because of that the tendency to give up is quite high.  In a world where we live with an insatiable desire for instant answers, instant success and instant everything it has become more difficult for people to really stay the course.  To keep hope alive ‘so to speak’.

Although King never lived to see some of the results of his dream, it’s clear that never losing hope is a key in successfully pursuing a dream.  The things King and some of his colleagues accomplished paved the way to the historical moment President Barack Obama was elected 44th President of the United States.

It’s important to always remain focused and not to lose hope when things seem like they aren’t going well.  There are so many people in the world fighting for many causes and things they would like to see change.  Surely you can stay focused on your goal and not lose hope even when everything seems hopeless.


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