On august 28 in 1963 Martin Luther King Jr gave a speech that radically changed America: the “I Have a Dream” speech. Now in 2011, people still have dreams. Some dreams have collapsed over the past few years with all the changes in the economy, others have been sidetracked from their dreams by a family situation, and some have just decided not to have a dream.
As someone who is passionate about whole families, the thought that families don’t have dreams anymore scares me. Do you want to know the truth?
It’s just as possible to live your dreams in 2011 as it was in 2006, 2000, 1990 or 1963.
The only difference between all those years is what the dream is, and how you’re going to reach that dream. Things were different in 1963 than they are now. They had different dreams than we should in 2011. We should still dream for equality and freedom, but we should also dream of whole and fulfilling lives.
Where does that start? With your family.
The only way that we’ll be able to bring the dreams back to life is teaching our children, our neighbors children, and the children of our friends what it means to live honestly, how to be smart with money, and how to prepare for our future. If you’re not living honestly, good with money or thinking about your next 10-50 years, you’ve got some learning to do along with the kids.
As a family it’s imperative to encourage each other, communicate clearly, plan for the future, care for the earth, support each other and dream really big dreams! Dreams that don’t have to do with jobs, 2008, hate, or boring lives.
2012 is right around the corner, start your preparations now for what you will do differently then, as well as start dreaming about the dreams you have. I’d love to hear what dreams you have, and invite you to share them below.