I have written a bit about dreaming since reading the book Dream Manager. I believe that there is great power in allowing myself to dream and in helping others to dream. I believe that amazing energy is released as we take steps to make our dreams come true. One of the most famous dreamers of all time was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was a man who lived with passion. He had dreams. He articulated his dreams. He shared his dreams. He worked toward making his dreams come true. He lived his dreams. His life is a testament to the power of dreams. I thought that, today, I would share some of his immortal words.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers. I have a dream today!
Those are big dreams. Some might call them “impossible dreams.” By articulating them, Dr. King took steps to change the world. Dr. King was a very powerful man. His life changed the course of our country. And part of his power came from not being afraid to dream big dreams. Part of his power came from sharing his dreams with such passion that they ignited passion in others. So far, my dreams have been much smaller than Dr. King’s dreams. Today, I have to ask myself – What could I accomplish if I dared to dream big dreams? What energy could I unleash if I took steps toward making those dreams come true? What would I try if I thought I could not fail?
How about you? What is your dream? Today I encourage you and I encourage myself. Dream big. Dream bold. Dare to dream.