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Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s Legacy

Posted on Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I love the coffee shop next to my youngest son's pre-school because they sell Taco Deli tacos and provide their famous dona salsa! (Everyone in Austin knows that Taco Deli and their dona "green stuff" is the BEST!) A few days ago, I stopped by to pick up breakfast and at the point when I was next in line with two individuals behind me, I noticed an older gentleman holding onto his walker and carrying a full cup of coffee with his teeth! Yikes! Seeing spilled coffee waiting to happen, I jumped out of line to grab his coffee and carried it for him to his seat—the entirety of our interaction took about 20 seconds. During that time, I got skipped by both people behind me in line. One went to be served by another employee who just opened another register, and the other proceeded to order with the barista in the original line. Wow. And, to add insult to injury, the first man in line took ALL of the DONA!


What do breakfast tacos have to do with the honorable Martin Luther King Jr.? Fair question... On this day honoring his legacy, I'm reflecting on his countless efforts benefiting equality and all of humanity. It's inspiring to consider the magnitude of his reach. And, yet, while he fully lived his own life to further the causes in which he so deeply believed, he simply encouraged others to leverage even small acts of kindness to make a difference in the lives of others, saying... "If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way." We all can and should take the opportunity to do small things in a great way. Show the cranky clerk at the store extra patience and kindness. Smile at the mom struggling with unreasonable toddlers. Donate blood. Buy the man or woman in uniform their lunch. Carry the coffee for the gentleman whose hands are holding his walker for stability. And certainly, don't jump a good Samaritan in line! (smile)


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