As I sit here on Martin Luther King Jr. Day writing this article, I am filled with so many emotions. The prevailing sentiment is one of unity. We are all very familiar with Dr. King’s dream, and most of us embrace that dream wholeheartedly. However, more recently, we are reminded that so many do not. In January of this year, our country was faced with unforeseen challenges when extremists tried to cripple our nation with their violent acts. Often, the knee-jerk reaction to violence is more violence. But, as Dr. King once said, in spite of temporary victories, violence never brings permanent peace. I am reminded of the lyrics of the one-hit wonder Rob Base where he sang, “it takes two to make a thing go right.” Consistent with such, it takes two or more of us to work together for a common goal of unity. This concept is aligned with the “mediation” theme of this issue of GPSolo magazine. On life’s journey, we must apply the principles of conciliation, through which we work together to resolve our differences while also continuing to celebrate our diversity. So, as we recommit ourselves to New Year’s resolutions and new goals, let us not forget the basic tenets of equality for all and the opportunities created with new beginnings.
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