Monday, January 21, 2013
Happy MLK Day!
"An individual has not started living until (s)he can rise above the narrow confines of his(/her) individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
Dr. Martin Luther King
I decided to go with a lesser know quote from MLK, because it really does speak to service to others. Dr. King believed that we would all be better off by helping others. Hard to disagree with that!
And the service projects that our girls do, and have done for years, teach them about how good it is to help others. They learn how to give, and how to reach out and touch someone, even if it's just for a moment. They have great practice at collecting blankets for the homeless, clothing for the shelters and food for the hungry. Not to mention, books for the libraries, neo natal caps for preemies and food for the puppies at the shelter.
So now, our Cadette girls are ready to take the next BIG step: to work on a Silver Award Project solo, or in a small group. They are asked to look around in their community and find an issue that they are passionate about. And they are asked to connect to it by identifying a root cause, an agency to work with and getting a team together. Sure, the girl is going to earn a Silver, but the greater good that she is doing will benefit humanity, past the time that she completes her project.
Our girls are asked to "make the world a better place" for everyone. One Silver or Gold Award Take Action Project at a time. I would like to think that Dr. King would have embraced these efforts, encouraged the girls to reach high, get out of their comfort zone, and make a difference in their communities.
Our girls are capable of so much! We just need to let them soar.