The word “dream” can evoke a variety of thoughts, feelings or memories. For many, it first refers to subconscious mental images experienced during different stages of sleep. For myself, since February is Black History Month, I often think of Martin Luther King’s famous “I have a Dream” speech and how it still inspires us. Historically, other great leaders and visionaries have long had dreams they have actualized to improve our world. The word has powerful positive and negative connotations for us all.
Before America became a country, our forefathers had a dream of a new nation where people could live in freedom. President Abraham Lincoln captured that dream well in the first sentence of his stirring Gettysburg Address. Before SKIL was founded, the late sisters Jeanette Pruitt and Marty Wooten realized that many people with disabilities in our area had major life needs not being met. The caring sisters had a dream of opening a local independent living center that would be a vital resource for meeting those needs. SKIL Resource Center, Inc., which today helps thousands of people with disabilities, is the direct result of Pruitt and Wooten’s dream.
Do you have dreams? Are they realistic, fantasy or almost impossible to achieve? Do you share your dreams with others or keep them to yourself? Do you leave them in your mind or sleep, or do you work to make them a reality? If the country you live in was built on a dream, and if the independent living center that serves you and thousands of others was founded on a dream, do you realize that dreams truly can become reality?
Dreams are doable! I encourage every one of you who reads this column to have dreams. A quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson, as quoted in www.azquotes.com , says it best:
“Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.”