Hope for What You Imagine in Spite of What You See

Published: January 16, 2023
Category: Health EquityMental HealthMind/Body Well-Being

Hope for what you imagine in spite of what you see. 

Sixty years after Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his magnificent I Have A Dream speech, many strides have been made in the march forward for social justice. However, the words of Dr. King, written in his Letter From Birmingham Jail, are an urgent rallying cry to motivate each one of us to action:

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly.”

None of us are not free as long as there are those among us are chained, incarcerated, or subject to live diminished lives as the world moves on. I am reminded of the wisdom from the Jewish teachings called “Ethics of The Fathers” which states: “Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly now. Love mercy now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” 

Let’s all commit to taking steps to move forward for racial and social justice for all. In the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, as he linked arms and marched with Rev. King, “We are praying with our feet.” 

Together as we transform our dreams into reality. 

I’m sending you strength and love,

Lisa 

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