Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!

Friday would have been Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 92nd birthday and today the US celebrated his holiday. The Happiness Box Project lives by Dr. King’s philosophy that I do not judge the person by the colour of their skin, but by the content of their character. The Happiness Box Project also believes in Dr. King’s following quote as well:

This year my full-time job gave us this Federal holiday off. In the past, we never did, but they are doing away with floating holidays. However, the wellness meeting was still held today and I presented my Happiness Box Project. Only me, Tasha, Dr. Jen, and someone else was in attendance.

Needless to say, Zoom bloopers! Yesterday I was chatting with Claire and Christina and Christina suggested I take photos of the contents of the Happiness Box, so I did. I talked about the Happiness Box and when I tried to share the pictures, the audience could only see the thumbnails. Unfortunately, with Zoom, I think I could only share one thing and I shared that document. I had no idea how to change it.

Oh well, we laughed it off and I explained the photos and the project. I suggested to start, they could always write week by week or month by month. The Jar was my practice, and since I like to write, I like writing every day. I also journal reflections at the end of the month, and then I write articles at the end of the year.

Tasha and Dr. Jen loved my project and Tasha recorded our session for other employees to watch. My Happiness Box Project is becoming famous!

Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, dear readers! Let me end this post on this note:

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

One thought on “Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day!”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    It was hard for me to watch Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, but I watched it in its entirety. I was thirteen years old that day. Less than three months later, President Kennedy would be assassinated, and later that turbulent decade, his brother Bobby and Martin Luther King would also be murdered. As terrible as that decade was, the Civil Rights Movement was moving forward and gaining momentum. Decades of progress followed until the rise of the radical right and white supremacy culminating in the Trump era. Now, what we once regarded as a fringe element of our society has gone mainstream, threatening our democracy,and white supremacists are determined to wipe out 50+ years of progress in race relations and civil rights. It’s ugly and alarming. Even worse, our country today does not benefit from an inspirational spiritual leader like Dr. King. It seems impossible to unite the country when almost half the population has a totally different vision of America’s future from that of the other half. An inspirational leader that emerges is adored by half the nation and despised by the other half. I don’t know how we will get out of this death spiral. Let us hope that President Biden’s calm, steady leadership, his programs and policies, will benefit people across the spectrum, allowing the hostile groups to calm themselves and live with the rest of us peacefully.

    It pleases me that your Happiness Box Project is becoming know to more and more people and serving as a model that will help others.

    Here’s hoping for a good and peaceful week for us all, dear friend JM!


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