LOVE: Muhammad Ali on the day of his memorial! Today, June 10th, is the public funeral for the “greatest” fighter of our time ~ Muhammad Ali! And yet he wasn’t just a fighter in the ring! When Ali refused to be drafted into the Vietnam War for moral reasons, the US government stripped him of his title & convicted him of a felony (violating Selective Service Laws). But he fought back & ultimately won when the Supreme Court overturned the unjust conviction. In the end, Ali’s legacy has not been weighed on the amount of titles he won, but rather on his distinct message of self-empowerment. And it should be remembered, Ali didn’t just believe in helping one’s self, but in helping others. He was an advocate for Parkinson’s awareness and a supporter/messenger for The United Nations, Special Olympics & Make a Wish Foundation amongst many others. The funeral (which was orchestrated by Ali himself) is taking place in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s Ali’s short bio & a link for live courage of the funeral.WATCH: This CBS Sunday Morning story from Tavis Smiley on how Ali healed the relationship between a father & son…
“But sometimes your life exceeds your dreams.” – Tavis Smiley
KNOW: Monsanto has lost a major lawsuit (46 million) & is also being sued by The City of Long Beach for its crimes... Speaking of Vietnam… Remember that awful chemical weapon known as Agent Orange? The one that damaged the lives of nearly 3 million men, women and children and ~ to this day ~ has left nearly 1 million people disabled & harmed? Well Monsanto along with Dow Chemical made that awful herbicide. Because of Monsanto’s stronghold on the FDA, carcinogenic chemicals exist within our food supply, air and water. But history is changing thanks to brave activists & courageous lovers of the light…
CARE:This beautiful elephant is going crazy in a zoo in Thailand. Phuket Zoo has been discovered to be keeping elephants in “shocking conditions”. There’s an active petition you can sign here.
BE: Unafraid of your greatness. Muhammad Ali left an indelible mark on us all about the power of declaring your worth & validity in this world. Those two words, “I Am” , are so incredibly powerful because what follows them can change your entire world… The adage for the Muhammad Ali Center is “BE GREAT :: DO GREAT THINGS“. Because here’s the thing: Only when you fully accept your greatness can you then give greatness to the world… Only when you respect yourself can you then give respect to the world.
Since time is always moving, we asked our dad to answer some cool life questions so we could always have them and reflect on him…I can’t believe he saw this fight! It’s known as his “biggest fight” ~ the one that started it all!
“I am an ordinary man who worked hard to develop the talent I was given…Many fans wanted to build a museum to acknowledge my achievements. I wanted more than a building to house my memorabilia. I wanted a place that would inspire people to be the best that they could be at whatever they chose to do, and to encourage them to be respectful of one another.” – Ali