Happy Spring Equinox! “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” by Martin Luther King Jr.

As we start a new spring season, you have a dream but do you have a blueprint for your life? The Reverend MLK Jr. is known for his “I Have a Dream” speech.

You may not have heard “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” by the same consummate orator and non-violent fighter for freedom and social justice for all …

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This week:

Happy Spring Equinox with Eric K!
Many centuries ago, on the Spring Equinox, the Druids celebrated ‘The Light of the Earth’, which they called “Alban Eilir.” They celebrated life’s balance as the air warmed and life emerged from the soil; daffodils, crocuses, and bluebells began to grow out of snow and brown stubble.

In the Druid wisdom, the symbol of Alban Eilir is a life-giving egg protected by a hare. To this day, we have wide adoption of the Easter eggs and Easter bunny. Ancient traditions run deep, because they point to a timeless wisdom.

It’s also a timeless wisdom to pause our busyness during the change of seasons, to look within, look around, and look ahead. So, if you’re up for it, on this Spring Equinox (March 20th), consider two simple practices:

  • Look and listen to what’s calling from within you. What aspect of you is pressing to emerge into experience? What aspect of your spirit, mind, or body wants to be expressed?
  • Reflect on your community and see if there are relationships that need attention? Are there people with whom you feel frozen or outmoded? How can you honor the change of season to bring change to that relationship?

I love Spring. It’s my favorite slice in the cycle of the year. It’s a time to celebrate all that’s good and working, and tend to what’s growing and emerging.
Wishing you strength, growth, and deep love.
Eric

The Spring Equinox by Billy S:
The Spring (Vernal) Equinox is a time of changing seasons and a significant astronomical event.
The Sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator. This moment is known as the Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and begins the Spring season.
For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the Autumnal Equinox, and begins the Fall season.
On this day the sun rises precisely due East and sets due West.
It is a moment of equilibrium in the year. Translated literally, equinox means “equal night”.  Day and night are about equal in length all over the world during the equinoxes, twelve hours of each, because the sun is positioned above the equator.

The Spring Equinox signifies a rebirth. The duration of light is about to overtake the darkness.  After the Spring Equinox, the days become longer and the air warmer. The soil becomes fertile and all hibernating life is re-animated.  It is a time to plant seeds of growth. The Spring Equinox is a time of renewal – in nature, the home, and in us. More than just physical activity, “spring cleaning” removes any negative energy accumulated over the dark winter months and resonates with the positive growing energy of spring and summer.
The Spring Equinox is a time where there is a special quality of energy – to plant, grow and renew our lives. Energy is emerging from the ground where it has been dormant in the earth since the winter solstice.
Wishing you a special transition, symbolic of balance in our life and with our environment.

 

Some Fresh Starts for this Spring:

Mindset-

Triton Inspired- Triton Leadership Conference & True Triton Celebration:
This year’s very well-deserving award recipients for the UC San Diego True Triton awards were Sue and Steve Hart and Otis Watson- both steadfast and longtime contributors of time, treasure and talent to support UC San Diego.
Otis Watson as part of his acceptance speech suggested we watch the “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?” speech.
I think you will find it compelling.
Thanks to Sue, Steve and Otis for your inspiration!

Martin Luther King, Jr., “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”:
Rarely seen footage of Martin Luther King, Jr., speaking to students at Barratt Junior High School in Philadelphia on October 26, 1967, where he delivered his speech “What Is Your Life’s Blueprint?”
Does Your Blueprint include:

  • A principle of ‘somebodyness’
  • The determination to achieve excellence
  • Being the best at whatever you are
  • Being measured by your SOUL- the mind is the measure of the man!
  • A commitment to the eternal principles of beauty, love and justice
  • Learn Baby Learn, so we can Earn Baby Earn
  • Fly, run, walk, crawl, but by all means keep moving!

 

Here is the clip from 1967…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmtOGXreTOU

Is This How Discrimination Ends?
“There are a lot of people who are very sincere in their renunciation of prejudice,” “Yet they are vulnerable to habits of mind. Intentions aren’t good enough.”
Trainings and workshops geared toward eliminating people’s hidden prejudices are all the rage—but many don’t work. Now the psychologist who made the case for “implicit bias” wants to cure it.
https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/05/unconscious-bias-training/525405/

Social Causes-
An innovative way that Austin, TX is helping the homeless:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvM7jFZGAec

Preserving and Protecting Mother Earth-
Determination And A Dream Help Create 10 Million Acre Patagonia National Park System:
The conservation land was created in a rare example of private-public partnership, the brainchild of Americans Kristine McDivitt Tompkins and her late husband Douglas. They donated 1 million acres, on the condition that Chile do the same — the country donated another 9 million…
http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2018/03/07/patagonia-national-park-system

 

Join Stedman Graham and Steve Farber next week in Oceanside, CA

Just in case you’re going to be near Southern California next week…
You’re invited to join Stedman Graham (Yes. THAT Stedman Graham) and me for a morning of leadership success principles and great conversation.
And coffee. Let’s not forget the coffee.
It’s FREE, but you do have to register right away. We’re filling up fast!
Click here for details and registration.

It’s going to be a great morning. I hope you can join us!
With Love, Energy, Audacity, and Proof,
Steve

PS Did I mention it’s free?? See all the details here.

Steve Farber
Chairman & Founder The Extreme Leadership Institute Author | Speaker
858-513-4184

 

Thanks this week go to Eric K, Billy S, Chris H, Sue & Steve H, Otis W and all of you that make our world better with a spring in your step!
Please pay it forward with purpose…
Love,
Neville

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