Whatever you do, be kind.
As said by Martin Luther King Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Now take a moment and sum up that question with one word.
Are you happy with your response? Was it difficult to summarize?
Whatever you answered, it’s important to self reflect; not only on days like MLK Jr. Day, Good Friday or Earth day but to continuously ask ‘what affect do I have on those around me?’
A little background on Martin Luther King Jr. MLK Jr. was born January 15th 1929 and died April 4th, 1968 at a mere 39 years old. In his short life as a minister, activist, humanitarian and civil rights leader he led several marches, spoke words of encouragement for non-violent protests, and was an ambassador for a severely marginalized group of people. Religion played a significant part in his teachings. He spoke about loving your neighbor, forgiving your enemies, nonviolence, and equality among everyone. For his beliefs and general moral compass we celebrate him.
So what does KYC do for others? At KYC we take individuals who come to us for mental health and senior services to assess what we can help them with. Whether they are young children, families, teens, adults or seniors we pride ourselves in providing the best care for our clients and strengthening our community. Our mission is to help people feel good, do better and find solutions; and each one of our staff strive to meet that mission every day. One word to describe the work KYC does: invaluable.
A large part of the work KYC does is advocacy to end the stigma around mental illness and old age. These two groups of people are frequently devalued and deemed unimportant by society. We believe that people struggling with mental illness deserve a fair opportunity to live a full life and that old age doesn’t equal inability.
So when you reflect on what you do for others, are you looking at people with a lens of unbiased opinion? And do you act with kindness? At the end of the day it’s not about how much money you had, or your position of power but how you treated people and if you made the world a better place.
Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Be kind.
For more information about what Kenneth Young Center does, visit www.kennethyoung.org. To educate yourself on mental health visit https://www.nami.org/Learn-More. To sign the pledge against the stigma of mental illness visit https://www.nami.org/stigma. To learn more about MLK Jr. day visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday.
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