Today, the day we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr's life, vision & sacrifice, of all days is one to pause & reflect.
To reflect back on heroes of old that gave their talents, energy & passion, ultimately their entire lives, to create a better world. To reflect on injustices that have been made right by their actions, as well as those that still exist in the world today. To reflect on how we ourselves might follow in their footsteps to do our part in making the world a better place — with less systems of injustice, less oppression, less inequality.
As we do that I want to share a clip from Martin Luther King Jr's last speech which was give April 3rd, 1968 the day before he was assassinated.
I'm struck by both his passion and his confidence. He had a deep peace that, despite how his personal circumstances turn out, his dream would come to fruition. To the very end he had vision — an ability to dream of a world of equality and unity — along with practical steps on how to change that. These lines are especially potent to me:
And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land! And so I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man! Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!
At Life Equals, we're ever aware that over 2 billion people worldwide lack essential nutrients in their lives. That annually 1 in 3 childhood deaths is caused by malnutrition. For us, the promised land we see is one where this just isn't simply the case.
Thank you for dreaming of this land with us and believing that together we can create a better world.
Remember those great videos we came out with a couple months ago talking about Life Equals & our story? Sure you do. They looked a lot like this:
The videos were taken by our friends, Jeff & Erica, who happen to be an amazing photographer/videographer couple. Up until recently, Jeff & Erica each had separate companies, but I guess they figured if they were going to be married, they might as well be business partners too. So, they formed a brand new company, Anecdotally Yours, which just launched yesterday.
I love their heart behind Anecdotally Yours:
Really, we're telling anecdotes about people. And an anecdote is a short-story about someone that when you hear it or when you watch it, by the time it's done you feel ilke you know the person. They're kind of biographical in nature. So you hear just this story story about a person and by the end you feel like you're a friend of theirs or a family member of theirs.
Isn't that what life is about — sharing our lives, sharing our stories, such that we become one as friends & family — for us that's just one more expression of what Life Equals.
I'll leave you with one last taste of their work: an adoption video of some of our mutual friends, Jeremy & Ashley Parsons. I can't even do justice to the story so just read about it here. To say that it was an honor to be a part of that day is an absolute understatement.
Congrats Jeff & Erica. Thanks for sharing great stories & making us one family in the process!!