As my five year-old says with an authoritative tone, “Mommy, it’s Dr. King Day!”
I started my day off with a run full of reflection, day dreaming and writing… in my head.
My first thought was, I hope that this is a safe run, free of raccoons, coyotes and those under any influence. At mile three I thought SF had a hec of a lot of hills for this 14+ miler.
During my run, I was trying to figure out how to present MLK Day to my Stroller Strides class, which was just a few hours away. The babies obviously wouldn’t care much, but their preschool siblings sure would! To make it short and sweet I decided that I had to find an informative coloring sheet when I returned home. With moms exercising, possible crying babies and preschoolers who want to just play, I knew I had probably 3 minutes at the max to chat about it. In the end, my five year-old brought up Dr. King less than halfway through the class, passed out the coloring pages and then a conversation about what Dr. King represented spun on its own through high knees, jump squats and butt kicks.
As I weaved my way up, up, up and slightly down the hills of Pac Heights, my knees ached at the thought of having to run down these,
However, the beauty seemed to distract me a bit. The streets were quiet and peaceful until I hit the Marina, but the following views squashed the noise.
Like many, my thoughts of MLK Day are to remind all of us to honor Dr. King and others who have worked tirelessly to bring peace, unity, fairness, goodness and freedoms to any and all parts of the world. You can find these wonderful pieces through legislation, to a teacher’s inspiration. Many devote their entire selves to their belief and cause. As we’ve seen, it can be life altering, world-changing.
As I came out of this tunnel of amazement and recognition,
I started thinking about some stories from the past year. There were some truly touching stories of people helping one another and showing support, i.e. women shedding their hair for friends with cancer, cheering on a victim of bullying and the installment of 26 Acts of Kindness/Random Acts of Kindness. As I thought about all of the wonderful stories I’d heard or read about, I started thinking about some of the things that I just read last week from some of the same media outlets who spotlighted the heroes and heroins not long before. I thought of how many media outlets recently bashed the Goslin Twins, various celebrities, athletes and government officials. It infuriates me that the media, especially top media outlets, do both. They reward people and they cut them down, sometimes all in one sentence. For example, Matt Lauer regarding a sneaky, unwarranted and unflattering photo of Anne Hathaway getting out of a car: “Anne Hathaway, good morning, nice to see you. Seen a lot of you lately,” Lauer said. I love when comedians poke fun at people and certain situations, as most are done humorously and intelligently. However, news shows and Hollywood gossip shows just don’t help society. How can a news outlet celebrate the truly gifted Dr. Martin Luther King this week, but last week the same and several more media outlets reported the following words to describe conversations regarding the Goslin twins “humiliate,” “clammed up,” “awkward,” “actually spoke,” “recover from awkward interview,” and the lists goes on! Simply put, they are teenagers and ridicule is not something they need added to their day.
I feel like many of us have chosen to be good people and do good things, especially with all the violence that has occurred in the last few years. Why do media outlets have to be “newsworthy” in a poor and tasteless way and the very next segment they get to interview a hero like Gabrielle Giffords? And we wonder why there’s violence, bullying and depression in the world.
Luckily and just in time, I came upon one of my favorite views,
My only thought was, “Wow! This world is beautiful!” My running app told me I was at mile 7, so I was able to stop by a local favorite, Hoppers Hands!
My next 7+ miles were spent running on the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and back home. Where I thought about my clients, my family, the beauty surrounding me and the many gifts that our country was given, one of them Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Spread the goodness!