Thursday, January 24, 2008

I Have A Dream ... Do You?

Sara, from Balancing Act, following up on the American holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, suggested we all try our own version of "I Have A Dream".

I'm not much at either poetry or speech writing, but I'm honoured to give it a try.
I have a dream ...

I have a dream that one day individuals with disabilities will truly be accepted into society, in every way imaginable. Not just with lip service, but to the extent that if someone were to actually mention the word 'inclusion'; the use of that term alone would raise eyebrows.

I have a dream that one day we will all care more about people than about possessions. That, as corny as it may sound, the world will finally, collectively, straighten out its value system.

I have a dream that one day we will all realize the value in helping to take care of those who need more help. And make sure that there are the necessary programs and services available. Be it the elderly, the very young or the disabled ... that we will always hold in our hearts that 'There, but for the grace of God, go I'.

I have a dream that my children will grow up as happy and healthy as possible. So that one day I can sit back, put my feet up, take a deep breath and think 'I must have done something right'.

I have a dream that, as a country, we will unite around our brave military and, for as long as necessary, always find a way to show them that no matter what we may think of the choices our politicians make, we know why they do what they do. And just how much we appreciate that.

I have a dream that the time will come when we will be able to see beyond our national borders and see ourselves as people and as citizens of the earth first. Before we see ourselves as Canadians, Americans, Europeans ...
Following Sara's tradition, I won't tag anyone but simply ask that you pass this along either via your blog or through e-mail. Renew the dream as it is a precious one.

Oh yeah, almost forgot one:
I have a dream that one day ... I will fly in a fighter jet.
Sorry, just couldn't resist that last one!


neardem said...

I have a dream where self is less inmportant than others, where God is everybody's friend.
I have a dream where everybody gets a chance to be free, a chance to be happy and a chance to love and be loved.
I have a dream where Hate has no room, where Vengeance is unheard of and Critisism is only of the useful type.
I have a dream where we will all be allowed to believe in our fellow man.

It is after all, a dream and who knows ... they may come true.

neardem said...

correction: It is after all, a dream and who knows ... it may come true.

Balancing Act said...

Thanks for play Michelle. I love your list. I am with you 100%.