"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter." -MLK, Jr.
We recently blogged about hope; with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day this weekend, having hope is quite relevant since he always preached about how important it is to look to the future with hope. But he also articulated that hope alone is not the answer-- hope combined with peaceful ACTION is what truly inspires change.
And silence equates with inaction. Use your voice, speak, put your energy into the things in the world that matter to you. The above MLK quote is so meaningful to us at Gallery Drinkware because we firmly believe in using our platform as business-owners to speak up about what matters.
Of course, we cannot come close to advocating for justice and progress the way that the great MLK did-- his voice will never be silenced and he is truly a national treasure. But in our own little world, we can do our best to make a difference and inspire change.
One of the core aspects of our mission as a company is to give back and that's the primary way we choose to "speak up," along with spreading our message of hope and responsibility through blogging and thoughtful social media posting. We are so proud to give 4% of all of our sales to both foundations of our artists' choice (3%) and 1% for the Planet (1%).
We care deeply about the natural environment and we use every opportunity we can to speak up about how important it is to be mindful of nature with every choice we make. You can feel good about a Gallery Drinkware purchase not only because you're bringing a beautiful piece of functional art into your home, but also because your purchase is contributing to helping the environment.
And so, as we reflect about all that Martin Luther King, Jr. brought to our world years ago-- spreading a message of peace and equality; promoting the concepts of hope and togetherness; speaking up against hatred and judgment-- we can only hope that we, too, are making a difference in the world in our small way.
Sometimes our hopes and dreams can feel impossible, but Dr. King reminds us that "faith is taking the first step even when we can't see the whole staircase." Every effort towards change and betterment counts, no matter how small.
And I'll close with my favorite quote from Dr. King, because it speaks to every single one of us as human beings and inspires ACTION: "Everybody can be great because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve...You only have to have a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love."