Honoring the Dream
Although a dream is defined as a “noun”; I have always perceived a dream to be a verb. Dream to me is synonymous with “do”.
During my research, I found three definitions of the word dream. The first definition of a “Dream” is a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep. Synonyms include: daydream, reverie, trance, daze, stupor, haze
A “Dream” is further defined as a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal. Synonyms include: ambition, aspiration, hope. The third definition of a “Dream” is an unrealistic or self-deluding fantasy. Which way is your dream defined?
In observation of the work and triumph of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I have gleaned 3 observations:
1. There are others counting on us.
People have made tremendous strides and sacrifices for us to have the rights that we have. Today marks the celebration of Dr. Martin Lither King whom no amount of writing that I could ever do would speak to the selflessness acts that he executed that all races might be equal.
I often wonder if some understand the impact of such actions? If it were not for Dr. King and so many others, the transfer if ideas, intelligence and sheer creativity that is within us all would be stifled. Our permission to enhance, inspire and love would have been compromised.
Just as Dr. King sacrificed and the generations to follow benefitted, it is our duty to leave something substantial behind for the generations they follow us. Only through evolution towards achieving our greatest potential will allow us to leave a path that others might follow.
2. The essence of life is given to us when we walk in purpose.
Walking in purpose is like air for the living. Discovering one’s purpose is like a bottomless treasure chest. We can only discover this purpose through a conscious choice to evolve. Seeking daily to be a better person, listen to the messages sent by the universe and often being quiet enough to hear the voices within. We have each been implanted with tremendous power but the unwrapping of such gifts and discovery of such treasures is up to us. To do so is to live.
3. Power and love is the fabric of who we are.
One of my favorite quotes from Dr. King: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear“, speaks volumes. When we act in love and kindness, we allow our hearts to beat with meaning, we allow ourselves to overcome barriers and we discover the love of self that leads to diving purpose.
We have all been gifted with dreams but our ability to honor our dreams lies in our ability to do, act, begin, launch, pursue. We must honor our dreams because the ability to dream is simply an honor.
Ardre Orie is an Entrepreneur/Philanthropist/Author in Atlanta, Georgia.