I Dream a World
by Langston Hughes
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn.
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom's way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free,
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind--
Of such I dream, my world!
Dreams Refuel Our Souls
I remember as a kid how I loved to have fun dreams. They were full of adventures that allowed me to fly like a superhero, or visit faraway places I read about in books. Dreams gave me excitement to think I could do and be someone special. Dreams give us hope and vision of skills, places and goals that motivate us to grow and stay energized.
When we can dream we began to see what seems impossible possible. Dreams allow us to see the world beyond the barriers of everyday life. I know dreams may seem a little far fetched at times, when flying to visit the faraway places or just being a hero in every moment, but the one thing that they help build and cultivate is the feeling of joy and the thought of "what if".
Joy is an emotion like very few. Joy is not happiness and it is more than just a good day. It can feel like a wave and sweep us up in a way that we can’t hide a smile, laughter or maybe a tear. It can energize us to take another step forward in life and feel confident in those steps. Dreams can lead us to the place where we can see that we are and can be the hero that is needed. Even if we are the one who is need of the hero. Dreams refuel our soul.
The sad part is when we wake up from our dreams we face a world that has dream crushers lurking around. Dream crushers want to tell us our dreams are a lie. They are the voice of doubt. This voice is based on the wrongs, hurt and scorn of the world we live in. It is the voice that says if you have the wrong skin color, orientation, gender or just seem different, you really can’t be that special. They will never see you as a leader, they will never invite you to the table, or they will never let you in.
The truth is, we all are created special, by a Loving God, who doesn’t make mistakes. We all have the ability to be a superhero in creating peace and joy. We have the insight to see how to make a table where diversity is a strength. We have the willingness to create doors for others to have a chance to walk through. Dreams are our light of hope that pushes us to new levels of life purpose and fulfillment.
So, what are you today? Are you ready to be the special person that God created you to be or are you still listening to and believing the dream crusher?
Written by Sydeon Harvey, VP of Multicultural Engagement