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Martin Luther King Jr. was killed the year I was born.

I never got to see him speak during the time he brought non-violence, forgiveness and love to households across America.

As a kid in elementary school, all I remember about the MKL Jr. holiday is that there was no school that day.

And even though I don’t remember much about the man, that’s okay.

I feel his influence. I see it in the eyes of my friends and family and in the loving kindness of strangers. I see it in the clients I work with. And I see it in you. 

Yesterday, I read various articles on the meaning of the holiday, and one in particular struck a chord within my heart. It was an article written by Martin Luther King Jr.’s wife, Coretta Scott King.

In it she says, “Today we celebrate the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.”

And that’s exactly what you do.

You bring hope and healing to countless numbers of men, women, children and animals who might otherwise suffer needlessly.

You bring hope and healing to your patients and clients, regardless of their gender, race, religion or ethnicity.

You bring hope in your leadership abilities—taking your team on the journey of helping the world heal.

You are more than just a doctor, dentist, acupuncturist, therapist, or wellness professional.

You are a healer and today, I thank you for the work you do.

You inspire me.

With love and hope in my heart,