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Follow King's example

Jan. 17, 2001

Because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, The Lariat is coming to you a day later than usual. The time away from class was supposed to help us remember and

celebrate the life King led and the dream he shared with the world. I must admit that for most of the day I slept and didn't even think about King until the end of the day. But when I did, I had a revelation.

Who was MLK? He was a man who changed the course of history and made an impact on many lives. He was a father, son, husband, minister and friend -- things a lot of us aspire to be to a greater or lesser extent. In addition, King was a difference maker. He saw a problem, a big problem, and decided within himself to make a difference. Each of us can be like him. At the very least, we should strive to make some kind of positive difference to those around us.

Seventeen days into another year, New Year's resolutions have been made and broken. Opportunities have presented themselves and been ignored. Chances to make a difference have been lost forever. Our challenge is to grab those opportunities and make the most of them.

Difference making is not a new concept to college students. We all know what it means to make changes for the better. By the time individuals reach the early stages of adulthood, they have seen poor situations get worse because no one would help.

Many tried to change those situations. But for those of us who have broken our arms patting ourselves on the back, there is someone who has failed to lift a finger to make a change. The new year is a good time to change that track record.

Perhaps your goals for making a difference far exceed Baylor University and all the volunteer programs it makes available for its students -- great. But if your most profound impact is geared toward campus, that's great, too, because with all the good the university has to offer, there is a lot that could be fixed.

In either case, the question will become how to be like King and make the world better. That could be the hardest step in the whole process. Getting started on something that has the possibility to change the way you look at your world and those in it will be tough. But, at 20-something, we are overflowing with potential.


Editor in chief

Torie Johnson is a senior journalism major from Gatesville.