This week my partner and I walked our dog down the dimly lit streets of our neighborhood, bantering about what we might do had we won this week’s Powerball. He encouraged: “Everyone has to dream.”
Sometimes it takes an opportunity to utilize one’s imagination. There are those dreams that we can and some of which we ought to fulfill, like building a dream career, falling in love with a wonderful person who treats you the way you deserve, or developing a hobby that interests you. Then there are those dreams, like holding a family gathering without awkward drama, living in a nation free of political corruption, or raising your child in a world in which there are no longer religious wars. These loftier dreams may not actualize in your lifetime, but how energizing to the human spirit is it to hope, imagine and ponder?
What do you believe is possible?
This past week I read to my students Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by Doreen Rappaport and Bryan Collier. The book was thought provoking even for a group of 3-5 year olds who are just starting to grasp the concept of inequality. But even with such deep-rooted societal problems that racism causes, these young children grasped the heart of Dr. King’s dream. As one of my students shared with her family over breakfast the next day: ”Love is the key and it doesn’t matter what your skin looks like.”
What do you value?
Imagine how Dr. King would feel hearing those words today from such a young child? Our world still has a long way to go, no doubt, before racism is completely eradicated, recent Oscar nominations attest to that. However, a world in which a mixed-race man can be elected president of the USA, or where people from any ethnic background can legally marry, when we see people of all colors in every stratum, it shows that some people’s dreams, through working together, can and do shape the world.
What changes do you see?
It is not always easy to go after our dreams. We only reach them if we dare to stretch beyond our comfort zone.
What do I dare to dream?