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Dreams

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt was never at a loss for words when dispensing wisdom.  Her famous “dreams” quote sits majestically near my computer station, a constant reminder that I must believe in my dreams.  A wonderful thought, indeed, with subtle complexities.  Before you can believe, it seems that you must define the dream within the framework of beauty.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. believed in a dream.  He defined it with passion and eloquence.  The world saw beauty.

“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” 

 Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream: Writings and Speeches That Changed the World

This week, the focus will be on dreams within the context of the human experience. We seek to achieve goals that gratify our deepest longings, and give purpose to our lives.  As Jack Kerouac once said, “All human beings are also dream beings.  Dreaming ties all mankind together.”

 

A Week of Remembering – A President’s Wife Speaks

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“Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw”

Eleanor Roosevelt, the longest serving First Lady of the United States (1933 – 1945), understood that the road to peace was not for the fainthearted. It would take hard work and a strong determination to believe that reconciliation and peaceful outcomes were possible. She followed through on her convictions.  After her husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, died in 1945, she became a vibrant advocate for civil rights.

“All wars eventually act as boomerangs and the victor suffers as much as the vanquished”

“It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.”

Eleanor Roosevelt

The United States observes Veterans Day on November 11th which coincides with Armistice Day or Remembrance Day celebrated in other parts of the world.  They also hold a Memorial Day on the first Monday of May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.