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We all must have a dream
Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 17, 1963, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. passionately delivered what has become known as the most important speech of the 20th century.
When prompted by Mahalia Jackson to “tell them about the dream, Martin,” he chose to forgo his prepared talk and speak from his heart, declaring, “I have a dream.” His words have caught and inspired the hearts and minds of millions of people, not only on that day, but far beyond.
Urging people to continue walking purposely toward equality, he also exhorted them to continue this work with “dignity and discipline,” never entering into resentment or hatred toward others.
“I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up,” he said, “and live out the true meaning of its creed: that all men are created equal.”
Today, I am sure he would have also said, “and women,” but the usage of the day, as it might have been when the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were written, was to allow “man” to stand for “humankind.”
Dr. King's dream may not have come true yet as completely as we would like to see, but in just 50 years we have experienced progress, not the least of which is in the increasing opening of the hearts of humanity to people from vastly different backgrounds in order to come together for a common good.
Whatever your personal dream may be, if you employ dignity, discipline and good will, you may make every step move you toward a successful goal.
A dream is bigger than an intention, far greater than a resolution and much more compelling than simply a good idea. Whatever has touched your soul or fired your imagination, especially when you can see the benefit others could derive from it, has likely been a divine inspiration. When Infinite Wisdom and Divine Love speak to the depths of your being, you know you are assured of success, so continue “walking confidently in the direction of your dreams.”
Keep your heart free of resentment or regret, maintain a delightful dignity and discipline and find yourself desiring only the best for others, as well as for yourself.
The Rev. Maxine Kaye serves as interim minister at Yuma Center for Spiritual Living. To receive daily inspirational messages, go to TheConsciousConnections.com.