This week, we celebrated one of the most well-known speeches from one of the most courageous leaders of our time. In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his valiant “I have a dream” speech. Two realizations come to mind as I think back fifty years ago:

Dream in Pictures: Dr. King took his dream to a very granular picture in his mind. He could see it.

I have a dream that one day — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.”  

Putting dreams into pictures, into words, or on paper allows for your heart to get involved, and increases the probability that you and others will act.  

Personalize the Dream:  The “I have a dream” speech was so personal for Dr. King that he spoke from the heart, without a script. Making your dreams personal will allow you to act without hesitation and encourage others to follow you.

We have a choice: dream or not dream. I choose to dream. Here is how I visualize and personalize my dream of a world before 2050 where food is not a top-three issue like it is today:

I have a dream that one day no parent will have to look into the eyes of their hungry child as they tuck them into bed at night.

I have a dream that one day children will gather around a breakfast table full of eggs and milk, rather than Pop Tarts. And, a mother will feel joy and comfort knowing her children go to school fully nourished and ready to learn.

I have a dream that one day a farmer in Africa will have just as much access to innovation solutions and farm practices to produce the food he needs like farmers in Brazil or Iowa.

Most of us don’t dream. But, when we do, we struggle to make our dreams so personal that they become clear pictures in our minds.

Challenge: Are you dreaming? Most importantly, do you believe your dream can come true so much that it becomes a picture in your mind. How are you acting on those dreams?


2 thoughts on “HAVE A DREAM

  1. This was such a great read, Jeff. Especially the point about making it personal. I’m with you 100%. May God give us all the strength and ability to keep on acting on our dreams

  2. Jeff,

    The MLK quote I really like is a much forgotten one:

    “If it falls your lot to be a street sweeper, sweep streets like Michelangelo painted pictures, sweep streets like Beethoven composed music, sweep streets like Leontyne Price sings before the Metropolitan Opera. Sweep streets like Shakespeare wrote poetry. Sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will have to pause and say: Here lived a great street sweeper who swept his job well. If you can’t be a pine at the top of the hill, be a shrub in the valley. Be be the best little shrub on the side of the hill”

    Be a bush if you can’t be a tree. If you can’t be a highway, just be a trail. If you can’t be a sun, be a star. For it isn’t by size that you win or fail. Be the best of whatever you are..

    ― Martin Luther King Jr.

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