Quotes for The New Year 2014

WATCH OUT!  This is the year I demand JUSTICE...I will play the game and win....
WATCH OUT! This is the year I demand JUSTICE…I will play the game and win….

Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. a soul generated by love. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Means we use must be as pure as the ends we seek. -Martin Luther King Jr.

It is incontestable and deplorable that Negroes have committed crimes; but they are derivative crimes. They are born of the greater crimes of the white society. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think. -Martin Luther King Jr.

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. -Martin Luther King Jr.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -Martin Luther King Jr.

The old year ended, Happy New Year of 2014. Farewell 2013!

With each New Year comes resolutions of positive changes. This year rather than make a list based on my screw-ups, my list is based on wisdom generated by quotes. The above MLK quotes will be my roadmap for 2014.

Quotes are powerful! Having been a beacon and guiding light growing up, they now provide solace, inspiration and desires to return to basics, return to a time of naïveté– my belief that a mind is truly a terrible thing to waste.

A thick fog, reminiscent of creeping fear when reading frightening tales about werewolves engulfed my world–blinding, whispering incomprehensible incoherent taunting jeers –unremitting, frustrating and eerily powerful. Feeling trapped, I succumbed. Traveling to my soul where the air is clean and without fog, strong melodic voices from this fog reached out, engaged me in the beauty, challenges and adventures of this screwed up world. It was then the words of MLK reminded me of the importance of doing my part, yes,  in this screwed up world.

Inspired my some of the greatest leaders, My Resolution for the New Year is to live, enjoy and transfer energy…



Author: Angela Grant

I am a first generation Jamaican immigrant whose experiences and accomplishments were made possible by the courage, sacrifices and the heroic acts of many whose bodies have rotted away in unmarked graves. Those are my heroes. Their sacrifices and death paved the way for my children and I. Failure to Listen is a token of my eternal gratitude. Failure to Listen is a tribute those generations of unmarked graves occupied by people of all races whose ultimate sacrifice of life opened the door for me and others, THANK YOU. Failure to Listen https://failuretolisten.wordpress.com/ uses cultural lenses to appreciate and understand the relationships between current events and our values, beliefs and attitudes. Culture is everything without it we are nothing. Failure to Listen will take you on a journey to recognize the beauty of our differences as the seeds to creativity, innovation and resolving disparities. By sharing my personal and professional experiences, I hope to do justice to the perspectives of those who are rarely heard or listened to. This site is not to incite anger but rather to provoke thought. It is my hope that Failure to Listen will work to foster intergroup dialogues and motivate readers to step outside the box and get to know ALL PEOPLE. In the spirit of Martin Luther King, let's join hands and remember his famous speech about a dream... A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has. -Margaret Mead

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