As the first month of a new year comes to a close I am reminded of all of the resolutions that many may have made as a common practice or tradition. Some may even be discouraged because your new routine may have already gone by the wayside. You may be wondering will I ever meet my goals or you might be powering ahead! Be encouraged because progress comes with tenacity, goodwill, and strategic focus.
As I speak of progress I can’t help but to think of the civil rights leader and visionary, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “First, the line of progress is never straight. For a period a movement may follow a straight line and then it encounters obstacles and the path bends. It is like curving around a mountain when you are approaching a city. Often it feels as though you were moving backwards and you lose sight of your goal: but in fact you are moving ahead, and soon you will see the city again, closer by.” Martin Luther King Jr., Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?
As our society and world continues to wrestle with the various issues that contend for our attention we are also reminded of a new fight for justice for the most vulnerable in the area of Human Sex Trafficking. Did you know that the Super Bowl and other high profile sporting events increase the risks of human sex trafficking due to an influx of people among other factors in any given city across the globe?? Please check out https://itsapenalty.org/2019superbowl/ to see what this organization is doing to combat human trafficking and exploitation through their campaigns on building awareness via sporting events.
The New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams have met their respective goals that have been set out for the football season, albeit it wasn’t a linear path. Both teams will approach the city of Atlanta with one more goal in mind. As people from the north, south, east and west rally around this event, let us all be reminded what will truly make us all champions not only in football, but as a nation. Let us carry the principles of love and empathy for one another throughout this year and the years to come. That would be the ultimate touchdown!