August 28th 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave a speech that would echo through the halls of History for eternity. “I have a dream” is a speech we all hear early on in life. We are taught about the powers of dreaming big…that the possibilities are endless if we only dream. But I think we have put the wrong emphasis on the story of MLK… I have been awake for a few hours now and I have read the “I have a dream” speech four times already.
Dr. King had much more then a dream.
The had the nerve and audacity to try and make his dream a reality. He sacrificed and gave his life for his dream. He was on a mission to make this world a better place.
I’m sure many before Dr. King had the same dream. What they lacked was the courage to step out and make that dream a reality.
The same holds true with all of us today. We tell our kids to dream big, that they can be anything they want to be. Yet we never push them to action!
Our sons want to be pro baseball players… Yet they hate practice.
Our daughters want to be on Broadway… Yet they hate singing in front of people.
And instead of challenging them and teaching them the sacrifice that come with dreams….We just leave them there at the dream.
We celebrate Dr. King today, not because he had a dream of equality… But because he acted on it and gave himself to it.
We are truly better people because of Dr. King. Thanks for teaching us there’s more to just dreaming… There’s action.
There are those in life who live in a dream world. There are those in life who live in reality. Then there are those who try and turn one into the other.
Dr. King… We are forever grateful.
“Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity; Cowardice represses fear and is mastered by it.
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
But conscience ask the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.”