Happy Martin Luther King Jr day everyone!
Today we celebrate the birth and life of one of the most influential figures in history, certainly in American history, but even as a child in Morocco and Spain I heard of this outstanding figure. I still admire his quotes, so many that I find very moving, such as:
“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
This speak to me in a special way because they address not only states of being and attitudes but rather a call to action and a mentality that drives us to improve the lives of all.
As a new resident of the US, I had a horrible first experience with my lender when I sought a mortgage loan. I faced (and unfortunately still occasionally do face) racial and religious prejudices that I have fought to overcome. But what I feel most importantly is that no experience that I’ve had should compel me to take my own prejudices out on other people. Rather, I always seek to live by Dr King’s profound words: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
Many companies proclaim their virtue as an Equal Opportunity lender, but I have never felt so welcome in any company, in any country, as I have at Fairway. I truly believe that FIMC values each and every customer as they do every employee: based on their character, qualifications, hard work and individual merits.
I have numerous clients that are from ethnic and religious minority groups, but to me they are human beings, comprising all of the wonderful varieties this world has to offer. I see mothers hard at work handling their children while their husbands are deployed. I see single fathers who struggle to make ends meet while maintaining as close a relationship with their children as they can. I see immigrant families who, having finally arrived at their destination, want to fully embrace the American dream and buy their first home.
Each of them has their own hopes and dreams, own fears and wishes, yet they are all humans deserving of respect and dignity. They all come to me seeking professional assistance, and I will show them all of the respect that they honor me with, and work diligently to provide the best service that I can. I am proud of every positive survey that I receive, and I carefully examine any constructive feedback that customers provide so that I can improve.
Dr King also said that, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?” My goal is to help my customers fulfill their dreams in every way that I can. I always hope that I can end each day feeling happy knowing that I did my best to help others.
I look forward to serving all my customers in the future in need of a mortgage loan. And I also look forward to any feedback that you have on this blog. This should be a day of reflection for us all, and a reminder to strive best for the service of others.”