In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. day, the yoga studio I teach at Franklin Street Yoga Center has free classes all day. And we were asked by the studio owner, to weave the theme of service into our class.
This really made me think, what does service mean to me? I immediately went to Pinterest to look up quotes and one of the first to appear was from Martin Luther King Jr. “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?”
I have heard this quote many times before, but this time I really heard it. It is a timeless and reoccurring question. What am I doing for others? I rarely think of this with a sense of urgency. I do a lot of things for a lot of people, but not with the fervor and purpose that can be stirred if you really think about this quote. I get caught in the weeds of the day to day and forget about my resounding calling to mental health advocacy. If I just spent even thirty minutes a day devoted to this cause, I could serve others in a persistent and urgent way. It also made me think of the quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I know I will find my most authentic parts when I lose myself in my calling. This is what service means to me.
I’m interested in how you have found yourself in service to others? Or what service means to you? Also how did you celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.?