Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
-Martin Luther King Jr.
This quote is a reminder to always walk in the path of others, to put yourself in their shoes. To understand someone’s perspective is key to compassion and good communication. If you can meet them where they are, together you can move forward.
I am a work in progress always, like everyone. On this day when we remember a gentle risk-taker who stood for what he believed in, even in the face of grave peril, I remember some of the lessons I take away from him:
- When faced with anger, seek to understand the source.
- When faced with despair, seek the missing piece.
- Always show compassion.
- It is not our place to judge others, rather we can share a different perspective.
- Stand up for what you believe in, but in a way that does not hurt others.
These lessons are continuously demonstrated by the innocent hearts of students at Quincy Elementary. I am grateful for these daily reminders of love!