When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. walked the face of this planet, he espoused a set of virtues that called for us to be better stewards of the world we were given. His concept of battle was to enter into non-violent combat and yet and still, despite the bloody noses and broken bones Americans are able to point to tangible examples of civil rights success. As we reflect on the legacy of this great man, we must remember that his philosophy of non-violence was coupled with a firm belief that there is value in the life of every human being. That is his legacy, an appreciation of racial, cultural and religious diversity and an undying belief that there is something valuable in every human being.
I have found that the easiest way to ensure that we honor such a profound and rich heritage is to embody his message and his mission through the one thing he preached incessantly; an unwavering commitment to the service of others. That is the only way we will be able to achieve the greatness of which he foretold, so many years ago. If there is one thing, I have learnt to be true; it is that the very best leaders have mastered the art of serving others. Dr. King once said that everybody can be great… because anybody can serve. All that is really needed is a heart full of grace and a soul generated by love.
While the plan usually is to volunteer somewhere to provide some form of service, I challenge you to look beyond tomorrow and find ways to serve well beyond a few hours during the holiday. As far as I am concerned, it’s probably the most substantive and fulfilling way we can achieve the greatness that he points to. Be yourself, then go out and be great!