A Day of Service

In honor of Martin Luther King Day and National Day of
Service on January 21st, the Max Global team made an intentional
effort to step away from our computers and dedicated our entire day to knitting
hats to donate to the “Hats for Young Cancer Survivors” program.  Although most of us had little to no
experience knitting anything at all, we caught on quickly and successfully
produced 21 hats!

When the idea of knitting hats for National Day of Service was
first announced, it is fair to say that our office was both excited and a
little skeptical – excited to spend a day trying something new in the spirit of
service, but skeptical that we would be able to produce enough hats to make the
activity worthwhile. Would we spend half the day just trying to teach ourselves
how to make one hat? Would it be worth the time and effort?
However, once we began, we realized that we were much more
efficient than we had anticipated, and that having taught ourselves how to
knit, we could continue to produce hats in the future as well. Perhaps equally
as important, spending the day together, uninterrupted by computers and
technology in general, provided us with a unique opportunity to connect with
each other in a way that is not possible when working independently at our
Martin Luther King once said: “Life’s most persistent and
urgent question is: What are you doing for others? Living is a form of not
being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to
die a little.” While I had heard this many times in the past, the second half
of this quote took on new meaning for me this year. I was reminded that service
comes in many forms and its impact can be measured in an infinite number of
ways. We should never grow comfortable with one approach to serving others, but
rather should always strive to push our boundaries beyond what we know to be
certain  no act of service is wasted.
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice,
here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right
and doing it all for love.”

                                                                                               ― Thérèse de Lisieux

Craig proved to be a skilled knitting expert and taught the rest of us how it’s done.

Hard at work…

The final products!

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