“Illuminating disturbing situations can offer understanding, hope, awareness, and change. One of the purest forms of light is love.” — Brian Linkney
This is why we shine!
We started our morning with a book — this book! We Are the Change is a profound picture book that doesn’t just inspire hearts but fuels them; encouraging hearts that may feel a tad bit weary and discouraged through the use of powerful words and illustrations.
Its blend of quotes and reflections serves as a gift and call to all generations. I read it aloud with my daughters soaking up every page, every sentiment, every truth.
Tonight fireworks will light up the sky in neighborhoods across the Country. People from diverse backgrounds will marvel as these flashes of light fill the dark night. Many of them side by side until that final sparkle.
The light we possess inside of each of us certainly rivals any firework. And the opportunity to stand side by side doesn’t have to be limited to major holidays. Today, and every day, may we let our lights shine. I hope that we’ll continue to fight in order to light the way for others and that we’ll shine together.
I hope you’ll (re)discover what inspires and refuels you (this book may help!) and that you always choose light, choose love.
After all, we are the change, our children are the change.
We Are the Change: Words of Inspiration from Civil Rights Leaders Introduction by Harry Belafonte