Beyond Dreaming

by Belinda Munoz on January 17, 2011


Hatred paralyzes life; love releases it.
Hatred confuses life; love harmonizes it.
Hatred darkens life; love illuminates it.

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from his book Strength to Love

With any luck, we learn these truths unintentionally, not from books, not from dreaming, but rather from experience. We also learn from experience that love can be quite an endurance test. It’s true about loving family members, friends, a life partner or a child. Without time, effort, patience and proper care, love can wither and die. Thankfully, once it lives in our hearts, it has a fighting chance of survival, to flow, to replenish. How? By sharing it with others. By loving others.

For those of us who have experienced love’s superiority over hatred, may we have the strength to continue to practice choosing love above all else with consistency.

For those who aren’t yet convinced of love’s magnanimity, may we show them love so that it will bloom in all our hearts.

Happy MLK, Jr. day.


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1 Justine January 17, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Hear hear! Happy day indeed.


2 ayala January 17, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Beautiful truth! Thank you,Belinda!


3 Patty - Why Not Start Now? January 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

Well said, Belinda. Happy MLK day to you too. xox


4 Madeleine Kolb January 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

Belinda, One thing I did to celebrate MLK Day was to watch the video of his “I Have a Dream” speech. I was struck once again with the immense power of his words and of the concept of nonviolent resistance to racism.

I hope all is well with you.


5 Rudri January 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

Beautiful Belinda. Happy Belated MLK day!


6 Giulietta Nardone January 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Hi Belinda,

It struck me today that both political parties and their followers sling hatred back and forth. Who will turn the other cheek and stop the nonsense first? We are going to have to learn to meet in the middle somewhere and that’s going to take showing each other love!

Why are we so afraid of showing love? Thx. G.


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