"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."
     Strength.
"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
     Courage.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
     Integrity.
"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?"
     Service.
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
     Equality.
"I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear."
     Love.
"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
     Loyalty.
"We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools."
     Unity.
"Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into friend."
     Love.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
     Courage.

I'm glad we get a day to celebrate this man.  He embodies everything that I stand for.  I don't see the exterior when I look at people.  We all bleed the same.  We all cry.  We all smile.  We all love. We all fear.  We all are trying to navigate this crazy world.
 
Humanity, however, has a long way to go.  People are still persecuted based on religion, race, sex, sexual orientation.  You name a difference and people are discriminated for it.
 
Think for a minute.  What if we were all blind?  We would connect on a soul level and this world would be extraordinary.  Be extraordinary today and every day.
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