Pondering the New Year…

January 21, 2021

By Cathy J Leer, PT, MBA

As I sit here, pondering Martin Luther King Day 2021, I find myself thinking back in time and contemplating how far we have come since 1955 when MLK was the most famous spokesperson for the Civil Rights movement…

I can’t help but think about more recent history and the changes in the political administrations, the political infighting, the supreme court nomination processes, and the efforts to manage the COVID-19 pandemic, and how all of these have affected all of us in a variety of ways beyond what we could have imagined in only a few years.

I can’t help but think how far we have fallen – no, sunk – in some areas. Can we put an end to what appears to be a “free fall” in the very fabric of civility?

I can’t help but think about how he, the man of the day, might be feeling right now if he were still alive.

While I ponder these issues, and the myriad of others that we are facing today, both personally and as citizens of this nation, it’s not his “I have a dream” speech that comes to mind, but another quote that, to me, can be applied across the spectrum and for most things in life:

The time is always right to do what is right.”

~Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

I ask you today, can you take a moment now to ponder what is in store for you in this new year and think about what these words from Dr. King mean to you? What will your resolution be for this coming year?


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