"Whatever your life's work is, do it well." -Martin Luther King Jr.
Today I had the opportunity to give not only one, but two interpretive programs! While they were very different from each other, and had completely different audiences, they were both successful in their own way.
The first was a normal, daily program at Badwater about geology and some of the species that call Death Valley home. I had a large and interactive group, made up mostly of families and young adults who were all curious about the natural world. The kids had endless questions and their excitement was on display for all to see while the adults absorbed information.
The second, was a special one-time program about the Buffalo Soldiers and their influence on our country and our national parks. This time my audience was small, and made up of adults who were completely engaged in the stories I was sharing. I watched as their faces lit up while we talked about the brave and resilient men who left behind a lasting legacy in their life's work, all while facing daily racism and prejudices.
The two programs couldn't have been more different from each other, and that's one of the reasons I love my job so much. I have the chance to share important stories with others, and hopefully inspire them at the same time.
Like MLK said, whatever your life's work is, do it well. We all have the power to make a difference, if only we're willing to speak up and take action. Share stories. Listen. Be kind. Help others. Love one another. Make a difference. Create change. Do your life's work well. We're all in this together.