One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King is, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." What matters most to you?
Is it civil rights? Religious freedom? The environment? Whatever cause you feel passionate about, get involved; do something about it.
For reasons that should be obvious, I actively support animal welfare; more specifically, helping to protect frogs and our habitats. But there are other things I feel strongly about, as well. And I do really try to do all I can to support the groups that benefit these causes. My friend the Dharma Frog has said, Less talk, more flippers." He's right, of course. Talk is cheap. It takes real guts, however, to roll up your sleeves and actually become engaged with your cause(s). The world is in a precarious position these days and it's up to everyone to pitch in and do their part to make it better, safer, and healthier for all living things.
There's a certain sense of inner joy and fulfillment that's derived from doing good work. And that's what I think Dr. King was saying. Life does begin to end when we become silent about those things that matter most us. We loose our voice. What we do, and what we care about, is important. Each person, and their contribution...no matter how small...is necessary for life to continue. Without activism, nothing progresses. We go backwards.
Honor Dr. King today and get involved. Volunteer, donate money, write an article for the newspaper that highlights the work your group does. It doesn't matter what you do, as much as it matters that you do something. The ways to contribute are endless and personal. Let's keep Dr. King's dream alive. Not just once a year, on the anniversay of his birth, but 365 days a year.