“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, “What are you doing for others?”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
What are you doing for others? Six words that form a powerful question that I believe we should be asking ourselves each and every day. Baptist minister, activist and one of the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in 1950’s and 1960’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr reminds us that that particular question is one that should always be at the forefront of our minds. It to me defines us as to who we truly are. It is through this that defines our humanity and puts it on display for all to see. Our relationships with others is truly measured by how we answer this question.
We should never seek out things for purely our own gain because it only benefits us, not others. We were destined to impact the lives of one another. To donate our time, our resources and whatever else to those in need. In everything I do, I first and foremost have the goal to serve others through what I write daily here, my actions as an educator and as a husband and father. There is no me if there isn’t we that is always put first and foremost. We have the power to choose how much or little we are willing to do for others. We are the ones that measure ourselves towards whatever moral and ethical standards that we hold near and dear to our heart.
I recommend that before you start each day that you think of and maybe even write down in a journal three things that you will do each day that will in fact serve others. And then at night report back to that journal to express how things went, how it made you feel and what steps or goals will you have for the next day. The journal can serve as your own accountability. Like everything else in life, you get out what you put in. Let’s all make an effort to do more for others and our relationships with one another will flourish.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your relationship skills?