Tuesday, January 17, 2017

For Reflection:
Before moving onto Mission #4, take a moment to reflect on yesterday’s mission. If you haven't done so, report your experiences for Mission #3 on the Compassion Report Map!  I have not done the mission yet.  I will reflect in Febraury.  I misssed Mission 3
Our mission today, Agents, is to celebrate the life of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by honoring his Great Dream.
Let us use this moment to take a good look at the day. It may seem like an ordinary day, an “everyday” kind of day, some might say, but here’s the thing: it actually isn’t.

It was on this very day, 88 years ago, that Martin Luther King Jr. was brought into the world!

It’s difficult to imagine what our world would be like if Dr. King was never born, if he never became the Civil Rights Leader and Humanitarian he is known for today.

That’s what makes this day so special to all of us. Dr. King gave voice and movement to both the pain and the dreams of billions of people around the planet. He helped people understand that it was in their own power to help change ideas and unjust laws and that change is achievable when we act together with compassion in unprecedentedly unified ways.

Our mission today, Agents, is to celebrate the life of Dr. King by honoring his dream for the world, a dream he called Beloved Community!

Can you think of the people or places that allow you to feel totally welcome, accepted, and safe? These are Beloved Communities! Beloved Communities can exist between you and a loved one, or it can be a place like a school, coffee shop, or bookstore where there is that extra something that makes you and others feel like you belong there.

In celebration of Dr. King, let’s honor where Beloved Communities exist in our lives, and commit ourselves to bring more Beloved Community into the world! 

 This mission in action:
  1. Identify the people and places where Beloved Community thrives in your life! The Food Bank and the other organizations where my students volunteer in OKC
  2. Print this Beloved Community card. A Spanish version is available here. (You are also welcome to make your own!) Will send the card during Global Harmony Week
  3. Gift the Beloved Community Card as a way to say thank you to the people and places in your life where you feel safe, welcome, and accepted! You can share through your favorite social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Tag @compasiongames and your beloved community members in your post. We will be looking for your posts to share out to the Global Social Media Compassion Games Community.
  4. Report this action on the Compassion Report Map when complete. We will be accepting reports on the map until Tuesday, January 24th. 
  5. Commit yourself to carry the spirit of Beloved Community within you wherever you go by connecting with others in a way that helps them feel accepted and understood. Invite others to join you today in this mission honoring the "Heavy Weight Champions of Courage" Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. & Muhammad Ali. Tomorrow is Muhammad Ali's Birthday. 
Agents, remember... As you fulfill your final mission, share your experiences on the Compassion Report Map! Your report inspires others, amplifying the power of your compassion and generosity!

Going Deeper:

Listen to John A. Powell (spelled lowercase), professor of UC Berkley, talk briefly and powerfully about Dr. King's meaning of Beloved Community in the video below!
Partners in Compassion!
Thank you to our wonderful, inspiring partners in compassion for making this coopetition possible. Learn more about the incredible work and vision of Service for PeacePoints of Light, and the Ali Center!