It is MLK Day and each year I choose to participate in the “MLK Day of Service” in recognition of the vision of Dr. King. One of my favorite service projects is working with the various community garden projects when the weather is warmer so I spent time today packaging saved seeds for those gardeners. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'” Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for people from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems. You can find out more about the day of service at www.mlkday.gov
We are called not only to serve but also to believe. In great measure, Dr. King gave us belief, not just his beliefs, but our own; a way to explain how we felt. He gave us words that inspired us to believe that one day, regardless of skin color, race, sex, or sexual orientation, we could not only live in a just and harmonious world but that we could trust one another. The people who gathered in the summer of 1963 to hear his “I have a Dream” speech trusted one another and it was indeed that trust that powered a movement that would change our nation.
I challenge you as a leader to trust those around you, to believe in the power of a small group of people and their ability to create and drive change and to serve your community.