Are You Willing to Be One of the Dedicated Minority?

Posted: 9 years ago | By: Christine Somers | In: Life Management | Read Time: 1 minute, 56 seconds

 

"Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better". Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Today is Martin Luther King Day. It is a federal holiday that has slowly been gaining traction as a day of service. The call to action is stated in the simple slogan, make it "a day on, not a day off". There is even a website, mlkday.gov, that allows you to plug in your zip code and a list of volunteer opportunities in your area will appear. This past Satuarday President Obama started off the Inaugural festivities by volunteering for the National Day of Service. The President and his family have celebrated the last 4 MLK holiday's in service to the community. 

We volunteer in our family; we believe that it is part of our obligation to our community and country. My father was in the Lion's Club and I clearly remember him leading fundraisers to earn money to help individuals who had problems with their vision. Personally, I have served as a hospice volunteer, Girl Scout leader and as a storyteller at our local elementary school. I do not share this with you to put a spotlight on me because in all candor, I know that my time serving was some of the most meaningful times in my life. I feel I got more than I gave. I shared important moments in the live of others in my community; it was gift being welcomed into their lives. 

How are you connected? When your neighbor has surgery do you prepare you signature casserole for her family? Do you volunteer at your children's school or at your church? Do you help with the local soup kitchen? I don't ask these questions to create a guilt inducing response, heaven knows, between work, school and family, it may be difficult to reach out to the broader community but I encourage you to do so. The world needs your talent, your creative vision. The world needs good people doing good work. The responsibility for making our community, our country and our world a better place lies with each of us. It is not the responsibility of the "other guy", it is our responsibility. Will you be one of the creative dedicated minority that makes the world a better place?

Hugs,
C