MLK Day – What are you doing for others?

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?”

– Dr. Martin Luther King

That is quite a question to ask another person, don’t you think? When asked, I bet most people who live normal lives would look inside and wonder if they do enough for other people, or if what they are doing for other people actually counts. Well, that’s easy.

It counts.

Little things. Kind things. Big things. Tiny things. Free things. Spendy things.

They all count.

You don’t have to work for a nonprofit organization or your local church or food bank. You don’t have to donate money to causes. You don’t even have to do something every single day.

But what if you did (something every day)?

What if you started right now? Tell yourself, “I am going to do one nice thing for someone else today.” Spending time every day being mindful of helping others is important, I think.

Be the ear your friend needs. Let the harried person cut in front of you in line. Donate a bag of clothes to charity. Pay for the guy behind you in the Starbucks drive-through. Smile. Send love notes to friends. Read a book to your kids or your friends’ kids. Just think about how you can be a positive force.

Martin Luther King had a vision for our world that we are far from achieving. But imagine for a moment if everyone you came into contact with was being mindful daily about “doing for others.”


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