Celebration of a Hero

Today, we honor one of our nation’s most influential heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Known as a brave man, he devoted his life to help transform the racial differences in the United States.


He believed each human being should be observed as the same, no matter what the color of their skin was or which gender, race, ethnicity or religion beliefs. He advocated for social change and fought for racial equality. He preached a message of love and tolerance that is still echoed today.


Has there ever been a moment in your life where you absolutely don’t think you can accomplish the task in front of you? Well I was faced with that feeling over this past weekend. I was supposed to run in the Marine Corps Marathon, but due to knee surgery, I knew that wasn’t possible. I didn’t even think running a 10k would be feasible, but then I ran into a group of wounded warriors and my thoughts drastically changed.

Every person has their own destiny

They said we would never make it
I was always told that
Every person has their own destiny
And to never let anything or any person get the best of me
That’s the one way in life to succeed

Part of what we try to do at the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation is show kids that they are not powerless—each of us can choose how to handle whatever life has thrown our way.  But you have to know what your options are first.   

Friday's Final Thought: A Positive Attitude is Key

Have you ever been given a task and your first thoughts that come to mind are negative ones on how you cannot achieve it? I have. 

Have you ever gotten into a situation where everything looks bleak and thought there is no way out of it and just given up?  I have. 

Have you ever watched your favorite sports team lose three straight, or go down by 20 points, and think this is over, they are done? I have.

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