1.19.2015

Motivation Monday: The Martin Luther King Version

I love that at Sunday School yesterday the teacher brought up Martin Luther King Jr. and asked the kids to think of him today when they were off of school. To remember him and to be kind and friendly to others. I also loved that when the teacher asked questions about the day that darling daughter raised her hand and did a great job explaining who Martin Luther King Jr. was. Way to go darling daughter! Yes, I sometimes hang out in the corner during her class doing my own bible study but it is hard not to listen in here and there.

With that said, I think today is the perfect day to remind myself, and others, that it is important to be kind to others and more importantly, sometimes we need to put others before ourselves. As a mom I am sure many other moms get this. We tend to do it to the extreme sometimes. I think mothers often forget that yes, they still do need to take care of themselves. I still cringe from the guilt I felt many times going out to run when darling daughter wanted me to stay. In fact, yesterday as I "mourned" the race I couldn't run darling daughter was quick to let me know we got to spend more time together. Yes, that was indeed wonderful and I was quick to remind her later that more time together doesn't mean more sass.

But seriously, I truly feel an individual can find more happiness and peace by putting others first, by thinking of what others need, by helping others, and by giving back to the community. If this wasn't the case, why would there be so many volunteer opportunities? Why would so many elders in our community volunteer after retirement? Why would I see on a daily basis a handful of volunteers coming back into my office to help day in and day out? Why? 

Because people do want to make a difference. We do! Don't you?

I know I do and if I focus too much on personal goals I begin to feel pretty empty inside. Yay! I achieved this goal but in all reality, does it matter? Does it make a real impact on society? At the end of the day (aka my life) will I be, yay! I achieved that personal goal? I'm not convinced.

I am more convinced that I will remember the people who came into my life and who made a change in me through their loving impact on my life. I really hope I will remember the times I gave to others in need and hopefully helped lift a soul that needed some extra love, patience, and kindness.

We are blessed to live when there is no more segregation but I can't say there is complete acceptance. To be honest, I was about to type we have integrated schools but do we? I couldn't help but pause my fingers over my keyboard when I thought of Toby and Down syndrome and the fight for inclusion for those with disabilities. We have come a long way, don't get me wrong, but we still have so much further to go.

Who will you reach out to today and help...even if it is just the gift of your smile?

Daily Gratitude: I am thankful to have Toby in my life as my running buddy.
Daily Bible Verse: We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. ~ Romans 15:1

18 comments:

  1. Good thoughts to pass along to our kids today. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. My pleasure and have a great week.

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  2. I am surprised that I have seen so little about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Good for you for such an a thoughtful post, Erica.

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    1. I was surprised not to see more after writing my post too. Have a great day Elle!

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  3. Wow. Some amazing food for thought. Thank you!

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  4. I believe in helping others because I am only here because someone HELPED ME. Martin Luther King stood for so many civil justices and non-violence I feel it is my duty to extend it to others. This is one of my favorite holidays.

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    1. That is wonderful to hear. Thank you for sharing. It literally made me smile ear to ear to read your comment.

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  5. Wonderful thoughtful post Erica. Great insightful views about goals for Martin Luther King Day.

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  6. I appreciate thoughts! I am most impressed by the kindness and calmness of MLK--he truly was a great man and I wish we had more time with him here on earth.

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    1. Calmness is another great quality he did indeed have. I have to many times remind myself to stay calm when in the middle of a "storm".

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  7. Great thoughts. If more people followed his ideas, the world would be a much more peaceful place.

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    1. Agreed but every small act of kindness helps.

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  8. Great post! I work in a gym, and often work with beginners. Every day I try to greet them with a huge smile, and remind them that it's OK to be a beginner, everyone starts somewhere. I get down on their level, admit that sometimes even *I* don't like working out, but that the benefits outweigh the negatives. Anyway, point being, I think the kindness pays off, I get lots of "thank you"s . I think it's important to spread kindess and joy everyday, no matter how we do it!

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    1. I miss the smiles and greetings at the gym so much. Yes, you are making a HUGE difference. Trust me, I still remember the good morning's and good bye's I got. It meant so much to me!

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  9. This is great! Sometimes we need to meet others where they're at and give them a shoulder to lean on to take those steps forward and let them know that there are days when we need that shoulder too and there's nothing wrong with that.

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  10. Yesterday inspired me to come up with ideas to help people fitness wise. I'm still trying to put it together but I will come up with something soon.

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