Posted by AVM

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. today, a man who stood for peace, acceptance, and equality for all men and women, my challenge to you is to do something good for someone else.  I don’t mean for your spouse or your children, for whom you’re always extending yourself – no.  Do something outside your normal routine for someone who needs it.  A small (or large), kind gesture.  Something that stops you in your tracks, gets you out of your normal routine, and shows an unsuspecting soul that, yes, despite what we see on the news, most people are inherently good.  Let it be a reminder that while you may consider yourself a fair and unprejudiced person, while you may think you don’t hold any hate in your heart for people, what are you doing about it?  Most of us go through our day on autopilot.  Head down, going through the motions, doing no harm.  Today, make a difference.  Bring a smile to someone’s face.  Sign up to build a home with Habitat for Humanity in your community.  Tip the waitress extra-generously and say “Thank you.”  Send a package to a soldier overseas.  Let the woman with the fussy toddler cut you in line at the grocery store.  Donate to the victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  Give up your seat for someone else.  Be the voice for someone who can’t speak for themselves.   Stand up for someone who needs it and go out of your way to help and make it right.  Maybe not this second, maybe not this hour, but sometime today, the opportunity will present itself to you.  That is your chance.  Go forth and do good in the world. What you’ll get back will be way more than you give.