“What Are You Doing For Others?”

“What Are You Doing For Others?”

As we approach the day honoring the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., I’ve repeatedly seen this quote attributed to him.  I’d love to find out when and where he said it, but haven’t had any luck so far.

But the validity of the question remains – what are you doing for others?  I could write a bunch here about volunteerism, or simply helping those around you. You already knew that, right?

Continuing the whole  “Where can I make improvements?” idea of New Years’ Resolutions, this day honoring  Dr.  King started me thinking about what I can do to be more helpful to others.

The first thing I thought of was my stalled effort to collect running clothes for the East Nasty Potato to Tomato initiative and Heroes in Recovery.  I got inspired to start this initiative last year and collected a bin full of running clothes, but then home improvements and the holidays consumed my time so I’ve been slacking off a bit.  Or more than a bit because I haven’t collected anything in months.  So I need to get back on it.  East Nasty already does a great job collecting “gently used” running shoes for our runners, but some of them have to scramble to put together clothes to run in.  Not that I’m judging because, hello, I started running wearing Keds.  And back then, all my running clothes (and there weren’t very many of them) were white, black or navy (so the few running clothes I had coordinated).  Fast forward, my running clothes now look like some kind of middle aged Running Barbie outfits – lots of skirts and pink and turquoise.  So, if I can get this project back on track, I’m hoping it will help some of the new runners jump start their running wardrobe. Because, for me, having clothes you feel good about running in makes you want to get out there and run!

But that’s just the running part.  Another way I can help others is by  slowing down and practicing patience, whether by “stopping to smell the roses” with my sweet husband or not getting frustrated at my fellow drivers.  When I was a kid, my Mom used to tell me constantly, “Patience is a virtue.”  I wasn’t even sure what a virtue was back then, but by now I understand what a virtue is and that patience is clearly something I need to work on.

So that’s what I’m doing this year to honor Dr. King’s legacy.  And if any of you out there have running clothes that you’re ready to donate, please send them my way. I know some folks who would really appreciate them.

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