It’s wonderful to have a national day of service to reflect on the indelible mark Martin Luther King, Jr. left on this country. It’s especially healing to honor him now, in this volatile climate brimming with racism, misogyny, xenophobia, and fear mongering. We need the reminder to be particularly aware now. Gone is the time for reflection. Upon us is the time for action.
There are ways big and small to carry a bit of MLK Day within you every day. It’s simple, really.
Think of others.
This doesn’t take signing up for organized volunteer opportunities or committing (which really means over committing) your time. Rake a neighbor’s yard, bring someone dinner, bring coffee to the police station or fire house, send funny postcards to nurses working on the oncology floor, write a note to a teacher, thank your Congressional representatives for something you applaud (Imagine how much negative mail they get. I bet they would be thrilled to hear someone cheering them on.), clean up trash along a nature trail (Just today we walked the family dog 2 miles around a local lake and cleaned up four large garbage bags of trash!).
Living with honor doesn’t mean grand sweeps of nobility. Taking action doesn’t mean a hunger strike. Having character costs nothing but is the true measure of riches.