Have you ever been in a situation where you were treated wrong for no apparent reason. For example on your job–you were overlooked for a promotion, not because you were not qualified, but someone in their mind decided they did not want you to succeed or to advance and now they spend all their time devising plans to keep you down. Your failure has become their number one goal of every day.
Although they are working against you, you continue to hold on to the dream that you will be successful. You continue to give 100% plus of yourself to your job; you continue to persevere in spite of the blockers–all because you had a dream of your end before the beginning of your career. The crazy thing about the dream is, not only did you see others of every race and nationality that will succeed along side you but you even saw the one who is now trying to block you as a part of the success story.
So what is my point in the above scenario?–What was the dream about anyway? The dream was about you succeeding as well as others. The dream was about a win-win end result for you and those tied to you. The dream was about a diverse team. What a dream, what a dream, what a mighty sweet dream. A dream can be so inspiring that it plays a big part in motivating you to begin working toward your end.
Now comes the facts…what facts? The fact that achieving your dream will not be easy; the fact that there will be blockers; the fact that there will be tears getting there; the fact that none of these facts were in the dream. Which brings me to the dreamer, the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, whom many across this nation will celebrate on Monday, January 17, 2011. So I ask the question, “What Was the Dream About Anyway?
After reading and listening to the “I Have a Dream Speech” year after year, I have come to a better understanding of the dream Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about. In his speech, he states the facts of that day, but those facts were not a part of the dream–they were a part of the speech. The facts stated in the speech was about the injustices of the Black race. The dream itself was about unity of all races and equality and freedom for ALL! The dream was about success; the dream was about a win-win end result for all; the dream was about diversity. What a dream, what a dream, what a mighty sweet dream.
Yes, we still have some obstacles to overcome but we must overcome them with good, not evil; yes, there are still more facts to face but, we must persevere by doing the right thing and hold on to the dream.
Dr. King was very proactive in adding to his speech a message directed at, in his words, ‘my people'”:
“But there is something that I must say to my people, who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice: In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline. We must not allow our creative protest to degenerate into physical violence. Again and again, we must rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force.”
When we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, let’s remember to celebrate the dream. Let’s remember what the dream was about: UNITY, EQUALITY AND FREEDOM FOR ALL!