First steps. On this day being honored as #DreamDay it is helpful to look at what is working in the world. Honor how far we have come and take today to celebrate all of our collective dreams!
It is time to remember…
“Dreams are a wish the heart makes!”
Yes, these words are found in the Disney classic Cinderella, the quintessential underappreciated unrecognized person, who remembers with the help of her Fairy Godmother that idea to never stop dreaming regardless of circumstance, and, yes it feels like a statement of deep truth… “Dreams are a wish our hearts make.”
For a recent birthday, I gave myself the gift of James Melvin Washington’s The Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr. In opening the massive book upon its arrival it fell open to p. 555 Where do we go from here: Chaos or Community? in which James Melvin Washington describes Dr. King’s work on this particular book as the toughest project Dr. King ever pursued as he had to reconcile the despair over the gap between legislation being enacted granting basic human rights and the prejudice being perpetrated around the country negating the spirit of universal equal rights.
I have been fortunate in my life to have achieved my childhood dreams and to have helped so many others achieve theirs. The one quality that made the difference was never giving up. Holding the dream as the reality and acting as if, onward through what appeared to be darkness and disappointment. I am grateful for all the ways these dreams were fulfilled and the ways in which they have given me a strength of character and an integrity of understanding in what it takes to realize a dream personally and collectively. I know how important dreams are to making significant shifts in society. Dreams strengthen character and build a foundation of honesty and integrity and open up the imagination of possibility to deliver magnificent experiences and occurrences beyond anything expected.
It is important to have a dream, to set your sights on that which only your heart sees, currently invisible to the registry of the eye. It is the magic of allowing that which is in you but not of you to give wings to your souls calling.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.
In dreams you will lose your heartaches.
Whatever you wish for, you keep.
Have faith in your dreams, and someday,
your rainbow will come smiling through.
No matter how your heart is grieving,
if you keep on believing,
the dream that you wish will come true.”
“The word “Cinderella” has, by analogy, come to mean one whose attributes are unrecognized, or one who unexpectedly achieves recognition or success after a period of obscurity and neglect.”
There have been countless tellings of this story. I experience it more times than I would like to admit. It’s one of those archetypal myths that most of the planet resonates with… Who doesn’t want to transcend their current circumstances and without changing any of the outward circumstances experience a full recognition of the truth. We are powerful beyond measure.
Always we ask what will become of us, instead we need to ask what do I need to do in this moment to be loving to myself and those in my life, what dream does my heart want to unfold making the biggest difference to myself, my community and the planet? At no time in the history of humanity has it been more important to listen to the answer and remember the truth. Our thoughts create our reality and if we are not thinking with Love we are not living the truth.
Dreams are wishes our hearts make. Today and everyday. Have a dream.
Stay open and be willing, do not lose hope in your dreams and have faith in the unseen to carry you through.
We can’t change the circumstances that happen but we can stand in the truth and be loving in each interaction you have in the world. I can look everyone in the eye and say “Hello” from my heart to theirs. I can be kind each day in each moment and I can remember each person is experiencing at least the level of anxiety uncertainty and misunderstanding that I am. I can choose to be open to not knowing and be compassionate.
Martin Luther King Jr. often said “there is a power in our hearts more powerful than the power of bullets” … and today in the land of the free and the home of the brave it’s never been more important to remember.
Love always remains the answer.
In remembering this we stand in the power of humanities greatest gift. The gift of Love.
Peace is a commitment we make every day. A commitment to accepting everyone in all their glory and all their flaws, as brothers.
Where we got it wrong. We’re going to make a correction. And get it right.
It is time to make a shift. Right now and there are No Limits in what is possible. Each of us is in the perfect position to achieve the sort of inner peace heretofore unheard of. Lasting sustainable peace on earth.
BE INSPIRED. BE LOVING. BE YOU.
May all your dreams and wishes miraculously materialize as you enjoy this gorgeous day.
Can’t wait to hear the outcomes of the dreams and wishes you make today and everyday. May your Cinderella moments of remembering the deeper truth bring you exactly where you are meant to be.
If anyone reading this is looking for a way into the miraculous moments of life to enter the space of limitless possibility … I suggest something that has been helpful to me in grounding my practice of humanity as we move to full and equal human rights. A Course in Miracles… You can listen to Oprah.com’s distribution of the daily lessons with Marianne Williamson…
This is a the perfect example of a lesson from the course. Lesson 45 of the 365. Here’s the links to the audio and the text and commentary.
Lots of Love,
Cinderella or “The Little Glass Slipper” (French: Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre) is a classic folk tale embodying the archetypal story of unjust oppression that ultimately gives way to a triumphant remembering.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes” was written and composed by Mack David, Al Hoffman and Jerry Livingston for the Walt Disney film version of Cinderella (1950)