Later today, Donald Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of America. 30 years earlier, the day was marked as the first Federal holiday celebrating the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. which is now always the third Monday of January, being around King’s birthday, the 15th January.
Martin Luther King Jr is best remembered for his role in the advancement of civil rights, and, in particular, for one of the world’s most famous speeches, which he gave on the 28th August 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC.
King used four incredibly powerful words eight times during that speech. Those words were “I have a dream”
I have a dream.
King was a very smart man, and exceptionally passionate about his “dream”, and he took action to help bring that dream to reality.
Martin started with a dream.
Most of us when we were younger had dreams about what our lives would look like as we got older. Sadly for many people we simply forget all about the dreams we once had.
Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the US apparently said “Too many people die at 25, but aren’t buried until they are 75”.
At 25, they stop having a dream.
The second you stop having a dream, you start working towards someone else’s dream. You give up on yourself, and settle for something less. You start to work on someone else’s plan, when you could be working on your own.
In the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, South Pacific, the character ‘Bloody Mary’ sings the upbeat “Happy Talk” as an encouragement to live a carefree life. The song contains the line “You’ve got to have a dream, If you don’t have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true?”
Today, 30 years on from the first Martin Luther King day, remember to have YOUR own dream, follow it passionately and take action.