Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Quotable

Today's quote is one from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that you may not have seen before. This year, I decided to go with one of his lesser known statements but a powerful one, nevertheless. It has been said repeatedly that in one of the richest countries in the world, there should not be so many people struggling with homelessness. There are roughly 19 homeless people for every 10,000 people in the general population. The number is even higher among veterans (27 homeless of every 10,000 people). It's wholly unacceptable and clearly something needs to change to lower those numbers.

The quote also goes beyond the context in which it was said. It can apply to any problem for which you feel empathy. Every cause from human trafficking, police brutality, rape and domestic violence to skewed beauty standards and cuts in education need supportive voices rallying behind it.

Since today has become a day of service, why not spend time thinking about your ideal world. That should help you identify the things you feel "ugly up" the world. Next, brainstorm things you can do to advance change.  Maybe you can even join groups/charities that have your same goals in mind. It's all about making the world a better place--healing wounds rather than covering them with bandages. You may only be able to take small steps initially but who knows what it could lead to down the road. The point is to stay focused on change and living in a better, kinder world. Happy Monday. 

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