Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
It’s Not Just a Day Off! It’s a day ON!
Tomorrow, we celebrate the birthday of a man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day that dedicated and sacrificed his life for a dream of this country. His dream was inclusive – NOT exclusive. We all owe Dr. King a debt of gratitude. Dr. King modeled a bold faith and conviction. He believed the cause of justice for all and in spite of being subjected to mental and physical abuse along the journey, he did not waiver. When this holiday was established to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, MLK Day, the concept was that the holiday would be a day of service. Everyone can and should serve their fellow man.
(Remember his speech? Listen)
April 4, 2018, will be the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination. In honor of this anniversary, the King Center in Atlanta and their partners are launching 50 acts of kindness/service on the birthday of Dr. King and this endeavor will end on April 4th which marks the 50th anniversary of his assassination. This initiative is designed to encourage people to stretch themselves beyond their comfort zones and connect with other human beings. This is an effort to build community one single act at a time.
As a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, MLK Day, I am accepting this challenge. I am going to strive to take the 50 days between January 15th and April 4th to perform 50 acts of kindness. I am going to stretch out of my comfort zone to connect with other people and show them kindness.
There is so much discord in our world today. People don’t feel connected and “part of”. Feeling part of is essential for happiness. I know the reactions to my kindness will vary. I’m sure some people will look at me strangely – wondering why is this lady being nice to me? Some people will not acknowledge the kindness at all – thinking they deserve it. Then, there will be those whose hearts will be touched. No matter the reaction, I will do it anyway!
It is said that it takes about 21 days to develop a new habit. Can you imagine everyone being kind to one another for 50 days? How much kindness will run from heart to heart?
I will be accepting the challenge – I hope you will too!