As time progresses, I am amazed at the number of people, particularly young people, who possess a limited familiarity with African-American historical figures such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Little knowledge, goes beyond Dr. King’s famous, I Have A Dream Speech. And even though we often speak about Dr. King’s dream and that the dream lives, we must remember that Dr. King not only was a dreamer, but he was a doer. Dreams are not meant to languish inside of us. Dreams are birthed in our spirits so that they can be manifested into the universe. Three things we should remember on this historic holiday for which we fought long and hard.
1. Dreamers gain clarity for their own lives and their community.
True dreamers understand that their dreams and creative thoughts allow them to realize their purpose in life. Dreams point us toward our passions and those things which trigger our hearts into actions. They help us gain clairity. But with our own clarity comes a clearer understanding of our place in our communities. Dreams help answer the questions, how can we connect, touch, repair and heal those around us? Dreamers realize the unfolding of God’s plan in their lives and the connection with those around them.
2. Dreamers realize that their dreams must turn into reality — and they make it happen. Dreamers are not sleepers. Don’t get it confused or twisted. Dreamers stay awake and on the job. Because dreamers know that dreams, visions, hopes and goals are worthless unless they are acted upon. Dreamers are realists who set up plans to make their dreams a reality. Dreamers do not put off for tomorrow what can be done today. In the words of Dr. King, “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.” Dreamers have a ‘now’ mentality. Not a “tomorrow” mentality.
3. Dreamers realize that their dream extends beyond their existence. This is what Dr. King meant when he said, “I may not get there with you, but we, as a people, will get to the promised land. We need more women and men who are not afraid to dream and cast visions which will extend beyond own lifespan. Dr. King also said that it is “the quality, not the longevity of one’s life that is important.” While we are busy dreaming, we must imagine and fashion a life full of quality that will extend to generations after us.
As we remember Dr. Martin Luther King and his dream, may we forever be doers as well as dreamers. May we continue to fashion a great future, not just for our own existence today, but for a better world tomorrow.
What does the dream mean to you? Do you think that our country is living the dream that Dr. King envisioned? Why or why now? What can we do to make the dream (or a dream) reality?