This blog was written by Karen Bullard, Founder of Power of Purpose for Leaders.
In honor of the first holiday of 2018 – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, do you …
- Remember when holidays were recognized and celebrated on the actual day?
- Remember when holidays were not commercialized?
- Remember when holidays were not associated with huge sales throughout the extended weekend?
I barely do. It saddens me to see television ads for the MLK Weekend sales during almost every commercial break when I have a difficult time finding much mention of the great things that he did for us and our world. If I’m lucky, I might find a documentary on a PBS station.
Why is this? Why do we let ourselves get so caught up in being so busy that we don’t think about what the holiday really means?
As we determine our 2018 resolutions, let’s add another. Let’s resolve to…
- Take a time out each holiday to remember its true meaning, and
- Learn from those who shaped our world.
My dream is that we will do this – starting with me. My dream is that we will remember what our great leaders did as change agents. My dream is that we will reflect upon why our great leaders clung on to their values and purpose without backing down. My dream is that we will allow these teachings to change our perspective and heighten our sense of purpose.
Michael Hyatt wrote this blog in 2010 that extracts eight leadership lessons from Dr. King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech”. It’s as relevant today as it was then – it’s timeless. Eight Leadership Lessons from Martin Luther King, Jr.
Let’s remember. Let’s reflect. Let’s go forth with renewed purpose. Let’s do this! That is my dream. What’s yours?