Daymaker - a person who performs acts of kindness with the intention of making the world a better place.
~ David Wagner
, author of Life as a Daymaker; how to change the world by making someone's day ~

DayMaker - any thought, word, or deed that spreads happiness, compassion, or fruitful ideas.
~ Annis Cassells ~

Friday, August 30, 2013

Where was I in ’63?

Two things made me ask this question: This week’s televised commemorations of the 1963 March on Washington and watching Lee Daniels’ film, “The Butler”. Where the heck was I when Americans were standing up, putting themselves in harm’s way, marching for equality, making history? 

Well, I was twenty years old, a married student going to college at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. Consumed by my own life, I was striving to get by and maintain a household while working toward a Bachelor of Science in physical education and a minor in English.

We did have a television. Every night in the summer of ’63, news footage of the violent confrontations in the South bombarded us a dinnertime. But that was way down there. I was in Michigan, too naïve and removed and involved in living my life to sink my heart and concentration into what played out before me. Today, I am embarrassed by that realization.

But, we all grow and mature to see beyond our own small worlds. When we’ve had life experiences and gain insight, we change. I recognize that the woman I am today would behave differently than that girl of twenty, would pay attention and find the courage to step up and speak out. (“If we knew then what we know now…”)

In 2013, there are myriad causes, beliefs, and values that provide opportunities to show courage. Some are personal, others are on national or global levels. Some of us will remain silent or unconcerned because we think an issue doesn’t affect us. Some of us are just plain afraid --afraid of having our feelings hurt or of hurting others’ feelings. Some of us will take action, no matter how small, that will make a difference.

Revisiting the America of 1963 has reminded me of the kind of person I want to be. It has dared me to be courageous. 

~ xoA ~


  1. An honest and thoughtful reflection, Annis. We could all use more courage for our convictions. I too was self absorbed in my youth and didn't pay attention. I don't think it's too late to make a difference for good now.
    I believe we have a debt to those who came before us. We honor them by how we live and the truths we sustain, but most importantly, we must protect the freedoms they fought for and we enjoy.
    You have courage my friend. It shows in the little things you do, and most assuredly it will be there when you need it for the big and important reasons.

  2. I agree, Nan. It's never too late to stand up. And yes, it's our obligation to maintain and to continue fighting for the freedoms that earlier brave ones secured. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement. xoA