Today is Martin Luther King Day of Service. We’ll see lots of news coverage about how this day is being recognized, respected, invested. We’ll see little children taking tours of historical sites, teenagers helping with neighborhood cleanup. We’ll remember that the banks, post office and stock market are closed, and maybe take advantage of special appliance or car sales. Some of us will sleep in; some of us will start working on our taxes.

Somewhere in there, we’ll ponder what it took to enjoy those everyday freedoms of choice where we can do and be whatever we imagine or desire, day by day or life by life. And if we’re mindful, we’ll take a moment to thank our history for the freedoms that are part of our laws, and recognize how much work still needs to be done so they’re also part of our culture.

Our work of Service continues as we expand the meaning of the word to include patience, kindness, safety and encouragement in our relationships, our neighborhoods, our workplaces and business enterprises. It continues in the way we view ourselves and each other. This type of Service can’t be legislated; it must come from our hearts, a bit at a time, a day at a time, a life at a time.

Today’s a good day to remember that continuing work, but really, any day is.

Happy Martin Luther King Day.


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“When I despair, I remember that all through history the ways of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants, and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it--always.” – Ghandi