As I get older, I realize that we can’t take anything for granted. Today on this day of remembrance of Martin Luther King, Jr., I’m reminded of how we should take better care of our neighbors, our country and our community.
We might think that our little gestures of kindness don’t mean much in the whole scheme of things, but each little act of kindness bestows another one. Whether it’s a tune you play to make someone feel good, a song you sing to remind them of a loved one, or an offering to help someone cross the street, every bit of kindness counts.
Today I found out a friend of mine’s husband is in the ICU because of a heart problem. This friend is a self-employed musician and music teacher with no paid sick leave. Her friends and students set up a Go Fund Me account to help her take some time off from teaching to be by her husband’s side. If you haven’t yet performed your act of kindness today and feel so inclined, I encourage you to donate. I’ve known Beth and Clint for as long as I have been playing the fiddle and these are some of the most giving people I know. They are constantly bringing great musicians to town for house concerts and workshops and spreading their love for traditional music.
To donate visit Help Clint and Beth Telford Go Fund Me Account and donate what you can. Every little bit counts.
If this is not your thing or you just don’t have the cash, I encourage you to find some other way to give back to your community. It’s good karma, it feels good and it starts the cycle of creating a better world for us and generations to come.
In the words of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘what are you doing for others?‘”