I Have a Dream
By Lorie Rosenberg
I actually had never read King’s entire speech before today and if you haven’t either, then it’s time you did. It’s not only a beautifully written piece, it’s a testament to the power of the written word and its ability to move people from ideas into action.
Every thought that you have, every goal and desire starts in your mind where you visualize the outcome you want to achieve. Then it is written down by your hand or verbalized by your mouth. Once heard, it has the power to transform others’ thoughts and actions!
Here are a few excerpts from King’s speech so that you can see just how important words can be…that you too have the power to think great thoughts and the ability to put those thoughts and words into action:
Excerpted from Martin Luther King’s speech:
“Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.”
“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.”
“I have a dream today. I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.”
“This is our hope…With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream that has been heard by millions of people around the world and has transformed misguided beliefs and ingrained prejudices into a more kinder, gentler nation. There is still more room to grow but he showed us that we are all more alike than we are different and we have the same inherent goals and desires.
What is your dream? Just remember that all you need is a belief in yourself and a faith that you can do it. So right now start thinking great thoughts and use your unique and incredible abilities to make those thoughts reality!