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Personal Retreat: Time for You

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Last week I got to the point where I was feeling overwhelmed. If I allowed myself, I could work twenty four hours a day. Keeping up that pace, however, is not feasible. I was beginning to feel the strain of it all. I felt it so much so that I was beginning to shut down. I was not motivated to continue working. I simply could not keep moving forward without recharging. So on my day off, I checked into a hotel near the beach for a much needed personal retreat.


When most people think of a vacation they think of sight seeing and exploring someplace foreign to them. Instead, I retreated to an area that I knew well. I spent hours on the couch watching crime dramas on television in my hotel loft suite. I walked. I drank some wine and ate lots of snacks. I spent very little time on the Internet. I did not dine in restaurants, but opted instead to go to the market and eat in the suite. You may be thinking that this doesn't sound like much of a vacation, but to me it was.

You see, the key…

Love Will Have The Final Word

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I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant.
-- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech, December 10, 1964
Today we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. To commemorate this day, I went for a walk in nature while I listened to one of Dr. King's speeches. It was a speech given to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the writing of the Declaration of Independence. In it, he talked about the promises that America had not yet fulfilled. He discussed police brutality, unequal pay, and segregated education. I found myself in tears as I listened to all the obstacles facing Black Americans during that time. I found myself in tears because much of what Dr. King said still applies today.

After I had a moment to grieve the loss of Dr. King as well as the sadder chapters of our history, I found myself wishing that as a society we could say that Dr. …