Every leader has a dream – to contribute to others’ success, to inspire and to believe in new possibilities that others cannot yet see.
This week, we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr., a man that changed the way we believed, the way we talked and the way we behaved in order to provide human rights for ALL individuals regardless of the color of their skin or where they came from. We remember him and his dream.
Today, we are challenged more than ever to uphold the beliefs and values he talked about, lived and instilled in so many during a very dark time in our history. I am fortunate to have lived my life during this time. A time of great change in the way people saw each other and the stand they were willing to take for freedom and human rights. As a young girl, I was raised in California – the San Francisco Bay Area. I did not see or experience prejudice the way many others across our country did at that time. It wasn’t until I moved to Alabama in the mid 60’s that I began to realize for the first time the prejudice that Black Americans faced each day. I was there when Bobby Kennedy was shot and killed in Los Angeles.
These were times that no one would have thought could have become so hateful and violent. Martin Luther King Jr. gave us hope for a new day as he shared with us the power of his dream. Today we might be reminded of his words when he shared.
As we begin this New Year, let us commit to remember this man’s dream. That in the face of our social media networks, tweets and fake news, we all really know what is required in order to create a world that works for everyone. That is love, understanding, a willingness to work together towards a shared vision and listening to understand all points of views in order to determine the best path.
The advent of instant messages creates a smaller world but does not need to create smaller thinking. The gift of age means that we have experiences of our life and lessons we have learned. Youth gives us opportunities to stretch and to grow and to explore. My dream for 2018 is that together – all men and women young and old – come together with the energy and excitement to work together, to invent a future that will sustain our world and all its people.
“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk,
if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do
you have to keep moving forward.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
Our best to you,
Barbara and everyone at Source Point Training