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It's Still Early 2022: New Year Reflections


January isn’t only about resolutions. It is a time of celebration and reflection.

In January, we continue to celebrate the late, great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

While most of us know a lot about Dr. King and the work he did, why not use this year’s celebration to learn some new facts about his life and work.

To get you started, did you know the following 5 facts?

  1. Dr. King changed his birth name from Michael to Martin because he was inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther.
  2. Because of Dr. King’s giftedness, he skipped grades 9 and 12 and enrolled in Morehouse College in 1944 at age 15.
  3. Morehouse College was the alma mater for Dr. King’s father and maternal grandfather.
  4. Dr. King’s doctorate degree was in Systematic Theology.
  5. Dr. King’s mother, Mrs. Alberta Williams-King, was also slain by a gunman. She was gunned down in the same church from which her son preached non-violence.

While there is much to celebrate from the life of Dr. King, there are other notable events that occurred in January as well.

For instance, did you know that Abraham Lincoln made the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, which was supposed to have freed all Confederate slaves?

There’s a fact worth digging into. You are sure to find information about the proclamation that will lead to unanswered questions.

There are so many other interesting facts about January.

Take some time to research some of them. In fact, dig into your crates to learn more about where the month of January got its name. The month was actually named after the Roman god Janus, the god of beginnings and transformations.

In the meantime, it is still very early in the year, so why not keep working on the changes you promised yourself you would make.

If you have reached one or more of your goals already, revisit a challenge that has been gnawing at you for some time and give it a whirl.

If you are already in a groove, then meeting an additional challenge might be a cinch.

Finally, since this is a new year with new beginnings, and essentially a new world we are experiencing with COVID as the centerpiece, take some time to reflect on the significant events, experiences, etc. from 2021, count the many ways you have been blessed and then send me a comment identifying some of your more unique blessings.

As for me, one of the unique blessings I received was the gift of life in a world riddled with death from an unkind virus.

Stay tuned also for our upcoming interviews. We have some exciting guests who will be sharing some exciting information with us.

In fact, next month is Black History Month, and we are working on bringing you some very interesting facts from contributing New Jerseyans.

Until next time, keep flying on your own wings.