Dreams and their Lasting Power

If a dream is an inspiration, think of it as the star that we hook ourselves on to and shoot for the moon.

The word "dream" is both weighty and mighty. It works as a motivator for children, teens, business people, and even politicians. Martin Luther King, Jr. a clergyman and political leader of the twentieth century; delivered his “I have a dream” speech in Washington D.C. on August 28, 1963.

We commemorate his life each January, the month of his birth in 1929, as a national holiday. In honor of that holiday earlier this week, I chose the word DREAM to spout on about this week.

Here at Letter2Word, we designed a small version of the quote to inspire the masses…see this office setting and run with your own Dreams…

“I have a dream” is spoken eight times –making it very mighty--from one of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most celebrated speeches delivered at a large rally in Washington, D.C. in 1963 to supporters of the Civil Rights Movement. Link to this collage of images from the memorable day:


In August, 2013 –analyzing the speech’s 50th anniversary, Michiko Kakutani wrote:

“Dr. King probably did not foresee a black president celebrating the 50th anniversary of his speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, and surely did not foresee a monument to himself just a short walk away. But he did dream of a future in which the country embarked on “the sunlit path of racial justice,” and he foresaw, with bittersweet prescience, that 1963, as he put it, was “not an end, but a beginning.”   See full article on http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/28/us/the-lasting-power-of-dr-kings-dream-speech.html?_r=0


Four little words with one big “finisher”—Dream. The little word with so much meaning.

If you live in Iowa right now, you can’t help but be aware that all the candidates for President want your attention. You see it on the television, hear it on the radio and the streets, or postcards may be arriving in your mailbox or knocks may be coming to your door-- all in the hopes that you will participate in a caucus. The caucus date this year is February 1st—and means a meeting of members of a political party to nominate candidates as well as choose delegates for conventions (either the Democratic or Republican National Conventions, depending on preference).

As Iowa hosts this event hoping to help in the decision-making process, I think back to the word “Dream” and its impact on this array of people—all dreaming of one day being the President of the U.S.A. Each candidate’s reason for running must stem from somewhere, perhaps in their own noggins or from a comment from a teacher, co-worker, or even as a result of a push from that sleepy time vision when the eyes are closed but the mind is revitalizing itself for another day.

It’s fascinating that one word can mean so much to so many…For the candidates, the true dream gets lost in all the rhetoric of bickering to be on top, but wouldn’t it be refreshing to simplify the process and hear what everyone’s REAL (non political) dreams are?

A “dream board” is filled with images of who you want to be. Creating a dream board is a hot way to make your wall a visualization tool to help you navigate the path of who you want to be.

Look at this inspiring wall that used a Letter2Word DreamBIG wall décor to headline this loyal customer’s dream board.

Dream boards can even include inspiring quotes in addition to photographs, magazine cut-outs, or art. Here are a few quotes from past U.S. Presidents who show how the word “dream” relates through time and space.

“My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.”--Abraham Lincoln, 16th American President

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” --John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the United States

"We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the soft haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter's evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days till they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true." --Woodrow Wilson, 28th American President

Here are some ideas to add to your own DREAM BOARD:



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By: Ann K. Nicknish (The Blogging Word Girl)

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