Posts Tagged ‘dream’
I am so happy to be back at my keyboard writing again. It’s been a while since I had the courage, strength, or time to write again because I felt like I had the wind knocked out of me. At any rate, I am happy to be back. I enjoy exploring my thoughts and then figuring out a creative way to make them interesting to read. I can only hope that I am doing a good job.
A few weeks ago, I was talking to a friend who just kept saying things like:
1. I am gonna be broke for a long time.
2. I work so hard, but I can barely afford to pay my rent.
3. I want to be married, but who would marry me?
4. Most days, I don’t feel so well, but I keep going.
After hearing her spout off these terribly depressing life non-affirmations, I just decided to ask her a burning question. I said, “Do you dream?” My friend said, “No.” I thought to myself, “No? No! No. Noooooooooooo. That just cannot be right! How can you ever move from where you are to where you want to be without first dreaming it. Truthfully, in my own life, and in the lives of the successful people that I have read about or know, those people all have one thing in common……THEY DARED TO DREAM.
I mean dreaming is the one thing that cost you nothing but imagination and time. Dreaming is a great way to use your faith, because you can dream about what you want your life to look like and in so doing you can believe that dream and cause it to come to pass. As I further examined her answer to my question, I realized why the Bible said in Proverbs 29:18 that “….without a vision, the people perish.”
I think that as humans, we have to see our vision before we can realize it. Do you agree? I would love to hear from other people about this. Do you dream? Do you surround yourself with other Dreamers?
As we commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King, we must not be shaken by the incidences of injustice that we see in our society. We must return to the ethics and forward thinking that prevailed 50 years ago. Use God, legal protests, and unity of all citizens to thrust the powers that be into accountability. The dream still lives and we will overcome hatred, prejudices, social injustice, etc. Let’s keep the dream alive!
As you all know, I love to journey from place to place to meet and speak with people. In my travels, I often meet young people and adults who are miserable with the conditions of their lives. I have listened to their stories and tried to make suggestions to them as to how they can change their lives.
I often ask questions like: What are you going to do to change your life? How do you plan to reach your goals? Do you think that your life has to stay the way that is it?
At first the people that I am speaking to seem puzzled by my questions as if they have never asked themselves these questions at all.
Next, I ask them how they spend their time. Some will say, “Well I work full-time, I am raising a family, etc and I just don’t have time to change my life.” I always think to myself, “WHAT!” If it were my life I would make time to change my life.
Remembering Your Childhood Dreams
I remember when I was a kid and I wanted to take acting classes, but the cost was substantial and both of my parents were disabled at the time. I went to them on a daily basis to see if our financial outlook had changed because I really wanted to take these classes. Unfortunately, my parents could not afford to pay for the acting lessons, but that did not stop my best friend and I front acting out scenes that we saw in movies. Our favorite movie to reenact scenes from was “The Color Purple.” Lol! Even though we grow from a child to an adult, we should never forget the dreams that we had as kids because those childhoood dreams that are often kicked aside and forgotten were the paths that we should have followed as adults and until we return to the path designed for our lives, we remain in misery. How do I know? I know because I became a “Corporate Monkey” and I was completely miserable because I had to deny my creative side in whole.
When I was working in corporate, I must admit, I was exhausted after work. I did not feel like doing anything to move in the direction of my dreams because I was too tired after working a job that I hated. One day it hit me. I thought, “If I don’t change my life, who will?” I decided to cut out television at night, even if that meant that I would miss my favorite shows. I began making plans, doing research, and studying the path of my dreams. I accomplished so much in one year that the boring and draining nature of my job did not matter anymore. I went to work with a new attitude knowing that I was finally working toward my own goals and dreams. I became alive again!
In truth, I must admit that taking this time to achieve my own personal goals was a sacrifice. I said, “No” to important family events and parties because I had to make my dream a reality. I told family and friends that I would not be available for a period of time because I was working on something. Some people were not very understanding, but I could not let their feelings hamper my goals. I mean I had hampered my own goals long enough, so I certainly was NOT going to let someone else’s feelings hamper my goals. I cut out television, I worked during my lunch hour, and I worked into the wee hours of the night. Any time that I could put toward my dreams and goals, I made the sacrifice.
I am writing this article to encourage someone to stop believing that you cannot change the circumstances in your life that you dislike. Stop thinking that you cannot achieve your goals because of the lack of money or time. If you set your mind on your goal and begin to train, do research, and move in the direction of your goal, you will achieve it!
A husband and father.
A believer of God, a humanitarian, a philosopher, and most importantly…A DREAMER.
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An idealist and an advocate for those who cannot help themselves. President Barack Obama will be inaugurated this weekend for his second term in office. President Barack Obama is the first African American President to be elected in the United States of America. President Barack Obama is the manifestation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream.
Journey With Judith and The Virgin’s Island Radio Show salutes both of these extraordinary men!
Leave a comment and tell us how you feel about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s contribution to our world and leave well wishes for our President as we must live as one nation under God, so let’s lay down our bi-partisan differences and work together even when we disagree.
Martin Luther King, Jr. dreamed that all people would receive equal treatment. He dreamed that we as children of God would all treat one another with love and kindness and that we would not be judged by the color of our skin, but by the content of our character.
Keep the dream alive today. Let’s check out hearts and our own character and become dreamers like the late MLK.