Service Day honoring MLK :)

Good evening Muskies! I’m certain many of you had spent your day off sleeping in or reading or maybe even catching up on that homework due tomorrow morning—or at least pretending to 😉 . I, on the other hand, spent my Monday just a little bit differently.

Earlier today, some of us students (both independent and Greek alike) decided to spend a few hours of Martin Luther King day participating in various service projects both on and off campus. The group that I was a part was of had the task of laying down mulch on the trail of the Hollow leading up to the woods, which in all honesty, was far from my favorite thing to do. I mean, I was not looking forward to shoveling a smelly pile of wood, dirt and other not so pleasant things, breaking a sweat or getting down and dirty! Not one bit! However, as my group had finished our task and we were walking back to the Chess Center to nom on some yummy Chipotle for all our hard work, I had started to feel a bit guilty that I had complained so much about shoveling woodchips and animal waste combined. Instantly, I had thought about the hardships that Dr. King had endured in his shortened lifetime promoting equal rights for all people in a nonviolent manner, from failure to gaining support to being smacked with the reality of how severe our societal problems are. But, Dr. King still kept pressing on towards his goal that I’m sad that he cannot physically see the changes that have occurred.

So, as MLK day draws to a close, I leave you with my own advice as well as some from Dr. King: the next time you encounter a task or a person that you may not find super pleasant, remember that there is a silver lining in every storm cloud. Though Dr. King may not have singlehandedly influenced all of these changes, I do believe that without his existence and work, there would not be many of the opportunities that we so often take for granted. Remind yourselves of your goals/dreams/aspirations/purpose/etc. on a daily basis and try focusing on the impact that can be made instead of the opinions that cannot be changed. As an African American, I am beyond greateful for Martin Luther King and his efforts and hope to see more of his legacy come into fruitation.

~Whatever your life’s work is, do it well. A man should do his job so well that the living, the dead, and the unborn could do it no better.~ Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929-April 4, 1968)

 

Have an insightful and happy Monday!

-Jazmine

 

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