Today marks the 28th year in which the US observes the legacy of a great man. From reenacting his speech to volunteering to reflecting on how much this nation has changed in the past 50 years, people find ways of celebrating this holiday in various ways. Today, I did something a little different than in years past. Instead of a Day of Service, I appreciated a Day of Solitude.
Now, I know that I could have given back (and trust me in the coming days I intend to), but there was something about not having any human interaction and trying to figure out where my life is going that made me want to celebrate my day off in this way.
While some might spend the day at a MLK rally, volunteering at an Affordable Care Act information session, meeting with her sorority to go over new initiatives on how to give back to the community and end the day in Bible study – yes, my sister loves to stay [too] involved – others may spend the day running errands, cleaning, donating money, and contemplating the overarching question in her life “what is your purpose?”
I must admit, I got nowhere on that question today. While my To Do List for today is more than halfway incomplete, there is something about how I spent today that makes me pretty content on what I’ve accomplished. [Honestly I credit a great deal of my peace towards a Forbes article I stumbled upon earlier today (my personal favorites were points 2 & 3) on ways you can get important business lessons from this great man].
All in all, my Day of Solitude had purpose. Maybe it wasn’t as impactful a day as my sister’s, but I’d like to believe that the impact will be felt in days to come.