“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Few people in modern history have had such a profound effect on the world as Martin Luther King Jr. 2018 marks 50 years since his death, assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee and today marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day in the USA.

As a pioneering voice in the Civil Rights movement in America, Mr. King was an example of standing up for a cause you believed in and making a positive difference.

Fuelled by a belief that the world should be a better, fairer and more just place, his charisma, ability to engage with people and advocacy for a cause that was bigger than anyone could really comprehend, is a lesson to us all.

Despite the world seeming like a divided place at times, we should all remember that fundamentally good begets good. If you care about something, then as long as you’re not hurting anyone, why not share it? You might interest someone else and they might just find the same passion and enjoyment that you get too. That’s how change starts.

Charity is a great place to focus this feeling. It’s really important to remember that ‘charity’ doesn’t mean you have to fish around in your pocket for a tenner and stick it in a collection box. Modern charity benefits just as much from you sharing their positive message as it does that tenner.

So why not take five minutes out of your day, maybe on the commute home or once you’ve put the kids to bed and find a cause that speaks to you. Then, next time you’re speaking to your partner, your friend, your family, why not raise it – share that positive message and do your own little bit to start the process of change.

We can’t all be a Martin Luther King Jr, but we can all follow his lead and stand up for a cause we feel passionate about.

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.”

Author

Sam Meegan