Nakia K. Hall, Secretary
We live in a world that seems to operate within a paradigm of change. On the one hand we embrace newness, innovativeness, and fresh opportunities because they lead us into discovery and enlightenment on many different levels. To the contrary, many often reject change because of the fear of the unknown, the requirement to leave your comfort zone and the mere adamancy of simply not wanting to change at all. If we would ponder for a second the thought of where we would be without change, we would soon find out that a changeless world is a stagnant and irrelevant world. Our world is ever-changing…its face, its culture, its people, its goals, its values, its beliefs, its needs.
However, one thing remains the same and that is the need for liberty and justice for all. Many associate justice with political and governmental activity. Indeed the nucleus of these entities is and should be the system of justice. Nevertheless, the importance of justice does not and should not stop there. Justice should be implemented on many levels, in many surroundings, in many places, and through many actions. When you have the opportunity to embrace, implement and support a just act, I encourage you to do so. Your act of kindness can and will be felt as a ripple effect in our society and in our world. This holiday season presents many opportunities to be just, fair, concerned, and compassionate for others. I beseech you to go beyond yourself, open your heart a little wider and consider the thoughts and feelings of others. Even if you do not agree with certain actions, employ an act of justice by simply respecting others’ freedom of individuality. I believe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best when he stated, “Injustice anywhere, is a threat to justice everywhere”. I’d rather impact the world with justice than to threaten the world of justice. Happy holidays from my family to yours!