"Power properly understood is nothing but the ability to achieve purpose. It is the strength required to bring about social, political, and economic change.... And one of the great problems of history is that the concepts of love and power have usually been contrasted as opposites, polar opposites, so that love is identified with the resignation of power, and power with the denial of love.... Now we've got to get this thing right. What [we need to realize is] that power without love is reckless and abusive, and love withought power is sentimental and anemic.... It is precisely this collision of immoral power with powerless morality which constitutes the major crisis of our times."
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Where do We Go From Here?"
Sometimes I feel discouraged, as the hymn goes, and think my life's in vain. There's certainly enough discouraging news. How can I help? What can I do to create more peace, justice, and love in the world? When I begin to feel helpless, I think of people like Martin Luther King, Jr. and I understand that everyday I have the opportunity to make a difference--in the way I greet and interact with fellow travellers on this planet, in the work I do, and in the causes in which I invest my time and energy. A smile at the right time, a listening ear, focused presence on one who needs connection, all of these I can do. The energy emanates outward as ripples from a pebble thrown into a pond.