Dreams Are Inevitable, Reaching Them is Optional!   1 comment

“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.”

2009-01-12-20080828_mlkingmarch_33In 1963 when Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his historic “I Have a Dream” speech, he was quick to state, “…one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” However, Dr. King knew that change is inevitable, only growth is optional. Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. King called for the option on the promissory note, the Declaration of Independence. “This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the “unalienable Rights” of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note, insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked ‘insufficient funds.’”

Dreams are inevitable, reaching them is optional is a variation of a frequently used quote, “Change is inevitable. Growth is optional,” When you Google this quote, you find many trainers, counselors, psychologists, philosophers, and others have used it, so it was not surprising to see Roy Williams use it this morning in his “Monday Morning Memo.” (Most seem to give Walt Disney credit.)  Regardless, it is one I like and have found occasion to use in the past.

Williams writes that history has shown that the economy cycles – good times, bad times, good times, bad times, and will continue to do so in the future. How you approach the cycles is up to you.  You can take no action, or you can pursue your dreams:

The 7 Steps to Hunkering Down:
1. Stay scared. Call it “street smart.”
2. Cultivate cynicism. Call it “straight talk.”
3. Praise pessimism. Call it a “reality check.”
4. Believe you are wiser than everyone else.
5. Feel secretly superior.
6. Take no action that might improve your condition.
7. Crow, “I told you so” when things get worse.

The 7 Steps to Pursuing Your Dream:
1. Know what you’re trying to make happen.
2. Expect good things to happen for you.
3. Plant seeds of good things daily.
4. Trust that some of your seeds will grow.
5. Measure success by your own criteria.
6. Make progress daily without fail.
7. Believe in the power of the “ELB. (Exponential Little Bits — tiny but relentless changes that compound to make a miracle.)

On this day that Nation celebrates Martin Luther King’s birthday, the birthday of a great man with a dream for change that one day “…little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers,” and by doing so making growth no longer an option for America.

Since 1963 many African Americans have cashed their check, as was pointed out today by Rev. Roche Coleman, pastor of the St. Paul Church in The Woodlands. The list of those who have cashed their check (Muhammad Ali, Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Count Basie, Angela Davis, Ossie Davis, W. E. B. Du Bois, Alex Haley, Quincy Jones, Barbara Jordan, Thurgood Marshall, Hattie McDaniel, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Rosa Parks, Nina Simone, Muddy Waters, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, to name a few) is in the thousands as they continue to honor Dr. King by working to make his dream come true.  And, what could be more fitting of his dream than tomorrow’s presidential inauguration of the first Black American, Barack Obama. What a more fitting time to believe in the power of the “ELB.”



Posted January 19, 2009 by kenneturner in Commentary

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  1. Reblogged this on Becoming is Superior to Being and commented:

    I share a birthday (January 15th) with Martin Luther King, Jr. This posting first appeared on January 19, 2009, with a few changes since then. What also made the posting so appropriate at the time, the 19th was the day before the presidential inauguration of the first Black American, Barack Obama. — kenne


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