Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. day. I’m working a contract gig while I figure out my next move. Modern life for the middle class working gal means a life living paycheck to paycheck. Between the democratic debate I was forced to watch last night and thinking about MLK’s legacy, I can’t help but think that we can do better in all areas.
I’m a libertarian, so I’m not one to think that the answers to society’s problems are with the government. I think it’s up to each of us to not only determine our own fate, but also how we’re going to contribute to society to make it a better place. Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed of a society where we were each judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. What would people think of you if all they saw was your character? Would you be thought of as someone trustworthy or caring? Someone people could rely on in times of need?
I realize that so many of us are interested in only the content of our blogs or the content of our Instagram accounts but there’s a whole big world out there that needs us to do better.
There are small ways that you can do better for your community that don’t take anywhere near the effort you might think. If you worry about the environment, take the time to recycle, spend a little bit extra on natural cleaning products, and walk more. If you worry about youth, become a big brother or big sister, talk to your young neighbors, donate a little bit of money to an organization that provides after school activities for kids. If you think not enough is being done to help poverty, volunteer at a homeless shelter, be nice to those less fortunate, if you start a business make it a point to provide meaningful and adequate compensation to your employees. There’s lots more you could probably do if you took one less selfies per day (not that there’s anything wrong with them if you’re also making other contributions to society).
So on days like today take inventory of your character and less on the likes you’ve received on social media and resolve to be a part of the solution and not the problem. Because if there’s anything we’ve seen in the last 15 years in this country, it’s that you cannot rely on government to make the right decisions for you. You have to make decisions and have them follow you.