A Sword that Heals: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Personal Nonviolence

“Nonviolence is a powerful and just weapon. It is a weapon unique in history, which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals…” 

– Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

I used to be a very violent person. I wouldn’t have seen it or admitted it back then but it doesn’t make it any less true. When I would talk to the Alcoholics and Addicts in my life, the pain I felt poured out of me and I used angry, hateful words and mean, judge-y silences with the intent to hurt them. And you know what else? I mercilessly judged, neglected, and mistreated myself…and that was violent too. No one was safe around me – including myself.

Today, as I read my little girls books about a man who stood for equality and justice in a nonviolent manner, I’m asking you to honor him too. Honor him by honoring the inherent power you have to make positive changes in yourself and become an example to the world.

Will you join me in honoring him by loving yourself and healing yourself, first and foremost, because I believe with all of my heart that a healthy, healed, and whole you is the greatest gift you can offer to yourself, your loved ones, and the world.

Chat with me for (maybe) 10 minutes and you discover that I love the fantasy genre and that means swords are freakin’ cool in my book – but a sword that heals?  Now, that is the weapon I want to arm myself with in a world that begs to be salved and soothed.

Thank you, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, for demonstrating a better way – a nonviolent way – a faith-filled, courageous way – to stand up for what is right.

And thank you, friend, for looking at yourself and taking responsibility for the ways your pain pours out violently. Thank you for being brave enough to heal yourself and break the cycles of pain and violence and suffering. You inspire me to continue showing up everyday ready for the battles of this world – with a sword that heals.

I am telling you…there is hope as an Adult Child of Alcoholics.

Love and Light to you,


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