The great American human rights activist, Martin Luther King, once exclaimed in front of a huge audience: I have a dream….
Do you have a dream? If so, what is it? Or do you have several dreams? If so, what are you dreams?
I met up with an old friend some time back, and during the brief conversation, he asked me, “and how are your dreams?”
The word “dream” may carry two possible meanings:
- The thoughts that swirl around in your mind while you sleep.
- Something that you strongly desire to achieve in your lifetime.
The first meaning of the word “dream” is the literal meaning. When we sleep, our minds go to work arranging and rearranging information, and consequently, we may experience a consciousness similar to a waking experience, which seems real but is not. What causes dreams while we sleep is a bit of a controversial and complicated topic, and I’ll not be discussing it in depth in this article.
The second meaning of the word dream is a spin-off or metaphor of the first literal meaning. Because our dreams which we experience while sleeping is imaginary, and not real, we call those things which we imagine that we would one day get done, our “dreams.”
Dreams are similar to ambitions, but they are not the same, and I will be discussing these two ideas in more details in another article. For now, let’s focus on dreams.
Have someone ever told you “stop dreaming”?
Or has someone ever told you “dream big”?
Or did someone ever tell you “you’re too much of a dreamer!”
Well, I’m here to tell you, “dreams are good things!”
The idea of dreams is from the time of creation. I guess even God had a dream, and I guess He still does!
Dreams arise out of necessity and desire. A child who grows up in a poor community, for example, may dream of one day building a big factory to provide employment for his people. Or a child who grew up with a struggling family may have splendid dreams of succeeding in business and taking his family out of poverty.
Your dream is something that hasn’t yet come to reality, but which empowers you, drives you and excites you. It is something that you really want to get done and are willing to expend the energies necessary to get it.
Many poets write about the theme or concept of dreams. Here’s a good example of a poem through which the idea of “dreams” pervade.
by Langston Hughes
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.