Today our country honors a great man who rose to the challenges of his time and changed the course of a nation. He taught us all to stand up for what is right, to transform hearts through love instead of force, and to become a part of something bigger than ourselves.
When we look at the life of Martin Luther King, Jr and the influence he has had on generations to come, one can’t help but to think of one’s own opportunities to make an impact. Dr. King once said, “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity”.
How do each of us reach out beyond the everydayness of our own lives and touch the lives of others? Do we say Yes to the calling, even when we may not reap the rewards immediately? Do we go beyond what is easy, and commit ourselves to something grand?
I was watching one of the Harry Potter movies with my husband this past weekend, and one line in particular resonated with me. The wise headmaster told the young boy, “It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” Our capabilities are merely our options, but it is what we choose to do with our lives that matters. Apathy is progress’ greatest nemesis. Think about what our world would look like if Dr. King’s dream had never been more than that–a dream. If he had never taken that first courageous step. And another. And another. We must not merely have good intentions but invest ourselves here and now to what we know to be true.
I have seen such greatness manifested among many involved with homecare, be it through forming a supportive community among caregivers, self-advocating to legislators, investing one’s time and resources to educating about homecare’s benefits, or even sharing your personal story with others so they see the real impact of homecare and why it matters. There are countless ways to be a homecare advocate and to make a difference. We just have to choose to participate.
The beautiful thing in all of this is that it isn’t up to one of us. It isn’t just you or just me out to change the world. When we each answer that individual calling to stand up, we join the ranks of champions who refused to be a spectator and dedicated themselves to the homecare cause. We fight for the disabled and elderly to have access to homecare benefits, for people to have a choice in where they receive their care, for caregivers to have the support they need, for the government and insurance companies to recognize that homecare is a worthy investment that improves the quality of life for its beneficiaries–a benefit that cannot be contained within numbers.
Today I encourage each of you to think about what it means to be a homecare advocate. Search for ways to contribute, to get involved, and to make a difference. Dare to be great.