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MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY 2016

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When I was thinking about what I would write for this day, I realized that I needed to do something different. Most people write about how we should remember all that Dr. King did. And to that I wholeheartedly agree. I differ from others in that I believe this should be a day for a call to action. That call to action I am looking for today can be summed up with one simple question.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING FOR OTHERS?

In a world that is driven by individualism, our connectivity is seriously at risk. We must find a way of not losing our ability to sustain meaningful relationships as well as developing new ones. This is not going to be easy by any stretch. We are surrounded by a constant onslaught of ways for us to enjoy things ALONE ! We can listen to our music on our devices ALONE! We can order small sized drinks to consume ALONE!

What must be done (and this starts at home) is to set our relationships to one another as the highest priority. That means engaging in conversation with one another instead of having our faces in our cell phones. Only then will we be able to SEE what is really going on in the world. Only then will we be able to be of SERVICE to others. If people are getting into car accidents because they are using their phones incorrectly, what else are we missing?

We are missing that distinct look that Aunt Peggy gets when she is annoyed. We cannot hear that look on her face. We must see it with our eyes!

Being of service to others is easy and simple. It can be as simple as listening to someone when they need and ear. You may not even have to give an opinion. I remember when I was going through breast cancer. I had a woman who I would call once a week. She would let me just talk and talk for at least an hour. She did not have any answers for me, but that one call gave me the confidence I needed. I was going through the aftermath of major surgery and a divorce.

As for me, I help others by speaking about making it through difficult times. I use my own experience as an example! What are YOU doing for others?

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