Monday in the US is the day we honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., so today I thought we’d take a minute to talk about dreams, believing and reality. In 1963 Dr. King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech, telling the world that he had a dream for men, women, boys and girls of all races and backgrounds would one day be able to live in peace together. His speech touched countless lives when he shared it, and has touched many more lives since his speech in 1963. It resonated so clearly because everyone has dreams, things they want to see become a reality, and involved in many of those dreams are thoughts of peace. Dr. King’s dream hasn’t been fully realized, but the Civil Rights Movement did make serious headway into equality for all races and backgrounds.
Part of the reason that Dr. King’s speech connected with so many people was that his dreams and what he believed was and are, things that people could see as possible. He didn’t make a speech about total world peace or total world domination, or talk about his dreams coming to fruition tomorrow, he shared about what he believed was possible over time if we all worked together. Theodore Roosevelt said “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Dr King’s commitment, passion and belief are some of the biggest reasons he was as charismatic and beloved as a leader as he was.
The reality is that just about everyone has dreams. However, not everyone really believes in those dreams, or can bring together all of the necessary components to make that dream a possibility or reality. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t dream, dreaming is one of the healthiest things we can do. Reality may just mean that you’ve got to make a new plan for accomplishing your dream, or line your dream up with someone else’s.
Do you believe in your dream? If so take a step today towards making your dream a reality.