In honor of a great hero and a personal source of healing and inspiration, I wrote this letter to Martin Luther King Jr as a tribute and part of my healing and transforming energy.  Share your gratitude for Dr. King’s work and your messages of hope in the comments below.

Dear Dr. King,

It is January of 2018 in the frozen tundra of Bloomington, Minnesota, and I am writing you with a heart full of warmth, love, and hope for the future.

Your relentless pursuit of social justice, promotion of nonviolence, and support for education, have been a continual source of inspiration and motivation in my life.  Though I have an infinite amount of things to express to you, I have narrowed it to three:

  1.  Thank you.

I wish there was a more powerful way to say it… Thank. You.  Thank you so much.  The world is eternally grateful for the beauty that you brought to light through your words and actions.  Thank you.  Thank you for showing us the power of words and the energy of dreams.

  1.  You are missed, but never forgotten.

I believe in energy, it is neither created nor destroyed.  The angel, Martin Luther King Jr, lives on- just look at the angels and heroes among us who continue to live your message and work to build a better tomorrow.

  1.  We are learning and progressing.

Some people feel that having a fear-mongering, divisive, shallow, entitled, bankruptcy-filing, pussy-grabber for our 45th president, demonstrates that your work and messages are more needed than ever, but challenges how far we have progressed.  I disagree with the latter.

Here’s how I see it…

Though I am terrified by the repercussions this presidency is going to have long-term on our place in the world and on our world, I also am unbelievably encouraged.  

I am witnessing that this president has helped us to remember to hope and dream.  He has pushed us to remember that it is truly the character of a man that is his measure, not his wealth, title or perceived power.  

As I marched with my friends, husband and daughter at the 2017 Women’s March to nonviolently protest the misogynistic, racist rhetoric flowing in our world, I was ignited by a collective experience of love and hope.

That love and hope continues to grow as I have gathered with others in acts of collective healing.  From gathering to engage in political discourse and action to connecting with others on journeys of personal development and wellness education – I have been filled with love and hope.

I have courageously announced #metoo and stepped into the reality that:

I’m okay, even though what happened to me wasn’t.

I am strong, and embracing vulnerability makes me stronger.

I have a voice and I am going to use it, not just for myself, but for those who can’t use theirs…yet.

Most recently #timesup and #whywewearblack are furthering my hope and inspiring me, and others like me, to step up as leaders and ensure that every voice is heard and represented.  There’s no more waiting for someone else to do the work – but there is waiting to ensure the work is done right and lasts.

And it hasn’t even been a year since ‘45’ took office… so we are learning and progressing…rather rapidly.

We wouldn’t be here without you.  Again, thank you.

In closing, I want to leave you with the inspiring words that you have gifted me, which fuel my soul and ignite relentless energy within me to fiercely heal from the inside out.

“I have a dream – that (my four little) children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

With eternal gratitude and love,