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Monday, January 19, 2009

Pes (Peace) to the World


"If you want to be important—wonderful.
If you want to be recognized—wonderful.
If you want to be great—wonderful.
But recognize that he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
That's a new definition of greatness.

And this morning, the thing that I like about it: by giving that definition of greatness, it means that everybody can be great, (Everybody) because everybody can serve.
You don't have to have a college degree to serve.
You don't have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve.
You don't have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve.
You don't have to know Einstein's theory of relativity to serve.
You don't have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.
You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.

And you can be that servant."

Excerpted from Dr. Martin Luther King's speech "The Drum Major Instinct"
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While living in Georgia I had the privilege to visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta. I took my daughter, and her best friend, both 16 at the time, because I felt it would be a moment that could effect the rest of their lives and how they lived them.
It was lovely to see the home he was born in and the church where he preached, but it was the images in the Civil Rights Walk of Fame exhibition that changed us all.
Images that reminded us that Dr. King was not just a civil rights leader, minister and Nobel prize winner.
He was a husband and his wife loved him deeply.


He was also a devoted father.


But it was images such as this (and much, much worse) that made me fully understand why Dr. King never gave up hope and ultimately gave his life, striving for peace. He desired a world in which his children, and other people's children, no matter what their color, could live together in peace and harmony.



My son is currently studying Dr. King in school. Sweet boy is in 1st grade and he has a dream.



"I have a dream too. My dream is to have pes (peace) to the world."
Be peaceful.

28 comments :

Bonnie said...

Very nicely said!

TWB said...

Thank you so much for sharing these pictures and your son's letter is so sweet.

Terri and Bob said...

Beautiful post. I love that you used your son's words in your post. This is going to be remembered for a life time!

Mildred said...

Powerful words from your son this morning.

Jess said...

That is adorable!
I enjoyed seeing the pictures in this post as well. I had never seen those before!

Tales From My Empty Nest said...

Powerful words for us all to remember on this MLK day. Thanks for sharing your son's precious letter with us and the great pictures. We must remember, we are all children of God!
Have a wonderful week!
Love & blessings!

Linda said...

Beautiful and innocent. How nice the world could be if.....

Lisa said...

May your son have his dream realized. Thanks for sharing such a moving post on this special day.

Tracy said...

Sounds so simple, doesn't it?
"Pes" to you and yours as well.
Thanks, Laura.

cottage farm villa (aka cottagecharm) said...

Dear Laura,

This is a beautiful post you shared with us today! Peace on Earth.

~Cheryl

heather said...

So true. I'm glad that we honor him with a day of the year. He was truly an inspired man. And I love that this day is falling so near the day that President Obama is being sworn into office. These United States are making progress!

jewelstreet said...

Love this post! Probaly one of my favorite blog posts ever. Your son seems to know what it is all about. Yay for him.

On the humourous side, when I was your son's age, I would call this day King Martin Luther day.

~♥~ Monica S said...

Aw.. peace on eart.. and good will to men!

I love your sons DREAM!! I believe we all do.. but somehow I think it's an impossible dream...

Monica

The Berry's Patch said...

Great post! Oh, your sweet little guy! I would frame that one.

Barb said...

Your sons words brought tears to my eyes....thanks for that article.

Mimi Sue said...

Truly the best dream to have. I hope it can happen in his generation. Mimi

The Blonde Duck said...

What a wonderful post. I love your son's letter.

KDLOST said...

so sweet! this gave me chills. :)

Miss Sandy said...

Ian has a beautiful dream and I pray that some day his dream will come true!

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

A very nice, tribute!

Blondie's Journal said...

Laura,
What a beautiful post. I loved seeing your son's original work. :-)

xoxo
Jane

vintagewindow said...

I couldn't of said it better my self. Pes to all!!

Kris

Lisa said...

Very well said.
Blessings
Lisa

Bella Casa said...

Children are so smart!

I love this post!

Guy de Maupassant said...

Your son's innocent words are truly touching.
Greetings from Portugal.

Linda said...

Such a beautiful post! I love the photos and quotes.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Martin Luther king had a dream...and today it came true. I hope your son's will too.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Shimmy Mom said...

Beautiful post Laura. I'm ashamed that I let myself get too busy yesterday to post anything. But you have done a wonderful job.
*hugs*