Dirt Path Press
Volume 2, Issue 1
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s family asks all of us to honor his work and his ultimate sacrifice by spending the national holiday in service. We cannot improve our own lives unless we also work to improve the lives of others; as far as Dirt Path Publishing is concerned, what better way to set the tone for a blessed 2012 than a commitment to serving others? Our intention to do just that begins with this year’s first issue of the Dirt Path Press, dedicated to the theme of service.
New to the Dirt Path Press this month is a section called, “What We’re Reading.” While our intention is to one day feature our own writers in this section, until then we bring to you what inspires us to stay on our dirt path, as opposed to following the masses down a concrete road of certainty. Let’s face it, that “certainty” hasn’t brought us many rewards in recent years; maybe we all need to try a different route to happiness?
This month’s story is about a full circle moment that helped me remember service comes in many packages. For quite a while I’ve been struggling with the idea that I don’t do enough to serve others in my community. Just recently I’ve come to realize that I’m actually living and working in service every day. Whether it’s expressing gratitude to your waitress or patient with the barista or giving your loved ones a bit more of your undivided attention, this month I ask you to consider walking in the world with the intention to serve. Might your life (and our world) be better as a result?
In gratitude for the ability to serve,
Founder, Dirt Path Publishing
|Quote of the Month
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people will get to the promised land.”
I’ve Been To The Mountaintop, April 3, 1968
Martin Luther King, Jr., the night before his assassination.
|What We’re Watching
This short video helps us remember that our life is our own, but it’s certainly not only about us. Feeling down? Feeling tired? Feeling overwhelmed? Instead of sinking inward into negativity, push yourself out toward serving others. What you experience might just surprise you.
Get Over Yourself–Serving Others Serves You
|What We’re Reading
The Power of Serving Others is a powerful book for those feeling the pull to do more with their lives but feel overwhelmed by where to begin and/or can’t figure out how to either incorporate it into their already busy lives. In the words of the authors, It’s about serving others—looking at others as people whocould use a hand. “It’s about looking at our hands and realizingthat they already contain what others need.”
Click here for a free excerpt of the book.
|This Month’s Story
“There are not words to describe what it feels like to be surrounded by people whose support changed the trajectory of my life as well as people who picked up the charge to support me in the work I now do in response.”
Dirt Path Publishing is a company dedicated to helping people find alternative ways to deal with life’s everyday challenges. Inspired by our founder and her beloved dog, Mario, we have abandoned life’s concrete path of certainty for a dirt path, including all the joy and chaos it brings. We’re proud to have the Dirt Path Press as our premier publication and look forward to full length works in 2012.
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