I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's January 19th, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.

Yesterday in the United States we celebrated the life of Martin Luther King Jr.

He is one of the most quoted people of the last century and I will say that from a leadership and role model perspective, few people have had such a deep impact on me.

So this week on The Daily Kind we're going to begin each day with one of his quotes, and many times he is definitely referring to ignorance, as the source.

"Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think."  - Martin Luther King Jr.

I saw a post on LinkedIn yesterday about how you can't just quote Martin Luther King Jr. once a year and spend the rest of the 364 days supporting systems and structures that continue to negatively impact the Black community. I couldn't agree more.

And for those of you who I haven't met yet, let's just be clear. I'm a white male, but I am a white male who believes in the values of compassion and love. And in the values for Kind and Curious, I included the idea that justice is the fruit. And I really believe that we can build a more equitable and just future for everyone.

But we have to begin where we are.

It's one of the many reasons I decided to begin Kind and Curious at this particular moment, because my hope is that we can build a better society together. And I believe it begins with some of the basics, of teaching people how to think for themselves, how to be self-reliant. How to navigate the challenges of the world that's been built. And how to build a better world that our children will inherit.

In 2002, I put out a record as a singer songwriter with a song on it called Revolution Speed and it was written about Martin Luther King Jr. Our son Wyatt was born that same year and I'd been reflecting a lot on the world that he was going to inherit. Last year he turned 18. And I'm seeing that world. Very clearly.

And if I'm being really honest, I thought that as a society, we were much further along than we are. But that failing is with me, not the society, and not with our son.

And so like many people I'm looking for answers, but I'm not looking for the easy answers or the half-baked solutions. For the current moment that we're all experiencing we're going to have to dig deep and think hard about the problems we're facing. This is one of those times.

And that's okay. It's okay for things to be hard. It's how we get stronger. It's how we grow. But it doesn't mean it's going to be easy.

One of the pieces of life advice that my father gave me (and still does), is that growing up as the hardest thing you'll ever do, and you'll do it your whole life.

That used to bother me. Until I realized he was right.

One of the lessons I continually go back to Martin Luther King Jr. for, is the power of words. When I came up with the tagline: Raise Humans Ready For Anything, I really meant all humans. Every single one of us. We all have a path to walk. We all have a place in this world.

And if we can all advocate for doing the hard solid thinking that it will take to change the path we are on, from racism, to global warming, to many of the other challenges we all face, then we can truly begin to build the future that Martin Luther King Jr. imagined for all of us.

I hope you find this helpful. And remember there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. Every situation is new at some point. And if we can just take curiosity as our map and a willingness to listen, discover and do some of the hard solid thinking we can be ready for anything.

So good luck today. You've got this. See you tomorrow.



Here are the lyrics to the song Revolution Speed that I wrote in 2002 about Martin Luther King Jr.

Revolution Speed

Broken by illusions that my conclusions were just confusion,

That there was more I should have seen, the color stream, I had a dream,

That there was a freedom train to take us all home.

So this is me, spinning around at revolution speed,

So much to see when, your traveling in, revolution speed.

Tired of the violence, the blind defiance, the social silence,

Of anything that could bring change, isn't it strange, we rearrange,

But we never slow the flood before the dam breaks.

So this is me, spinning around at revolution speed,

So much to see when, your traveling in, revolution speed.

Speed up and slow down and go again.

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All I see around me, is love surround me, and always ground me,

It never drowns me in its wave, I'm unafraid, I have been saved,

Ready to believe again in everything good.

So this is me, spinning around at revolution speed,

So much to see when, your traveling in, revolution speed.