Friday, August 05, 2005
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
Are you thinking what I'm thinking? Long stretch of beach, crystal clear water, bright sunny sky... okay okay I'm just dreaming aren't I? But who says I'm not allowed?
We always ask children what they want to be when they grow up and we take their answers very seriously. The purpose of this question is to open up their mind to the endless possibilities life offers them, to enhance their self-confidence and to instill in them the idea that with hard work and perseverance they are sure to achieve anything. In other words, we allow them to dream.
As adults we deny ourselves this privilege yet if we were to continue asking ourselves the question: What do I want to be? we would be ever evolving, open to change and each new day would be an opportunity to learn something new. Have you stopped dreaming or do you allow yourself to believe that, as crazy as it may seem to others, your dreams will come true? The harsh realities of life do take a toll on us over time but in a sense we must continue to have the mind of a child- when a child dreams of being something or of something happening they don't think of all the obstacles ahead. Dreams are even powerful enough to bring about social change. When Martin Luther King gave his "I have a dream" speech, he inspired a whole generation to believe the impossible.
As part of a recent classroom assignment, 7th and 8th grade students at the Bruderhof in Chester (New York) examined King's speech - and attempted to put their own dreams on paper.
Here is an excerpt:
"I have a dream that one day, brother shall not fight against brother. There shall be no difference of race but all shall live as one great family: great in love, in peace, in joy. There shall be no rich, no poor, no downtrodden and despised, but all shall be equals in love; men, women, and children. I dream that from ocean to ocean, from earth to sky the message of love will speed with the wings of an eagle and the fins of a dolphin and the paws of a leopard until all creation might raise its voice in song of praise; joyful praise to the Creator." Shaina Huleatt, 12
Quote of the day
"We have learned to fly the air like birds and swim the sea like fish, but we have not learned the simple art of living together as brothers and sisters."