Two-bit Guru | MLK Day Activities | Volunteers painting a mural honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, WI | Photo courtesy of Barb Grandoe

Volunteers painting a mural honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. at Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee, WI. Photo courtesy of Barb Grandoe.

Some days work out with a theme a person wouldn’t have seen coming at the outset. So it was last week.

I went to Nativity Jesuit Middle School in Milwaukee last Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, to meet with my friend Barb Grandoe and the school principal, Jim Wilkinson. We discussed my giving some time to the implementation of a student gardening project in the spring. Since the school was closed for the holiday it was a good time for a meeting.

Nativity is about to receive a gardening kit gift consisting of four 4-foot square raised garden beds, enough organic soil to fill them, a rain barrel, and a compost bin. It’s exciting to think about starting a garden with a bunch of kids. The truth is, when I get involved in a project like this I feel as though I receive more in good feelings than I give in effort.

Turns out, our meeting wasn’t the only activity in the school that day. My hosts asked me if I wanted to see the artwork in progress up on the 3rd floor in the library, a tribute to the great Martin Luther King, Jr. himself. A dozen, maybe more, young adults were diligently painting a beautiful mural.

As it was explained to me, the mural was a service day project organized by the 16th Street Community Health Center. There were an assortment of different groups represented, including Americorps volunteers and some folks from UW-Milwaukee. What a nice gift to give on your day off.

I often wonder how things come together, like the mural, or my involvement in the garden project, or in fact my meeting up with Barb after having not seen her in years. We had attended a Pachamama symposium on the previous Saturday.

I wouldn’t go so far as to say that an unseen hand directs our lives all the time, but it seems that sometimes the frequencies are just right, the vibes are all in sync, the energies are good, and everything is sort of special.

That’s the way it was last Monday, and the theme was giving. How appropriate was that on a day honoring a man who had himself given so much for the benefit of humanity.