Monday, January 18, 2010

Celebrate Monday!

I'm grabbing a moment to share a quote with you, on this warm sunny day in GA.
I keep this one tacked up at my desk, for inspiration when needed.

Please enjoy the inspiring words of the man we honor today:

"Human progress never rolls in on the wheels of inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of [people] willing to be co-workers with God."

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

It is astounding to think of the changes in freedom that we all enjoy, thanks to those tireless workers a generation ago. As women, we now have rights that were denied us in the 1960's - so very recently. The Civil Rights Bill of 1964 not only outlawed discrimination based on race - it gave women legal tools and standing, outlawing gender discrimination.

Equal rights.
It sounds so simple. So straightforward. So natural.
Yet before this legislation, if a woman was raped, she could not expect a trial or prosecution of the perpetrator - unless there was a witness to the crime. A witness!
It is difficult to imagine a woman's word holding so little sway. Simply because she is a woman.

Celebrate this day, friends! Celebrate the movement that gave us freedom to be ourselves!

May we all move forward with verve and vision, knowing that we are part of a greater plan.
May we raise spirited, spirit-filled children who know their worth, and stand up for others.

For when one rises, the rest are pulled up also...

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