As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech I have to admit that I don’t remember much about what went on beyond my small 12-year-old Minnesota farm girl world back then. I didn’t care much about what happened in Washington, and the Deep South might have been the moon for that matter. Today, I do identify with the passion and courage that speech represents as a source of inspiration for a better life.
View your dreams as a sign pointing you towards your purpose; as a call to action. Recognize that your dreams do matter. Pursuing your dreams can make a difference and change lives beyond your own.
My dream today is to build relationships where I can support reluctant writers who have been silent too long to come home to themselves, to reclaim their voices, and go from making dinner to making a difference.
It’s a scary thing to have a dream and feel so overwhelmed with the enormity of having to do it alone.
The truth is we are never alone. Not really. Over and over, one individual has affected the lives of many. Take Martin Luther King, Jr as an example. As a Baptist Minister, I’m pretty sure that he knew he was never alone. He had, just as you and I have, the support of the God who instilled that dream in us in the first place!
Yes, making dinner does make a big difference to the people you are making it for. I do not deny the impact of relationships and being part of a “family.” I am asking you to consider what is the cost of your role? Are you keeping silent and deferring to whatever everyone else wants to do? Has it becomes part of the routine rather than the exception in your day-to-day? There is a difference between being someone who is agreeable and being invisible. Invisible people live in the shadows and learn to avoid confrontation by not speaking up for themselves.
Do you have a dream of your own? Pursuing that dream is crucial to your well-being… if you do not try; you deny a part of yourself.
It’s time to stand up for yourself and speak up to let your voice be heard…your opinion matters. Whether a woman works outside the home, or not…she is a homemaker. We are all “homemakers” in the same way the little turtle carries her home on her back; we carry our “home” inside…it is our spirit…our heart…our emotional well-being.
You want to know that you matter…what you do matters…your voice matters…and your story matters. There are all kinds of ways to make a difference in your lifetime.
How are you making a difference by pursuing your dreams?