Have A Dream? Share It!

What if Martin Luther King had given his “I Have a Dream” speech to an empty room? What could not have happened? Certainly, the following things would not have happened if King had spoken to an empty room. One, his speech would not have been a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement, it would not have changed the world and certainly we would not still be talking about it today, after so many decades.

"A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality." - John Lennon

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” – John Lennon

Just like Martin Luther King, ever wondered, if Gandhi never shared his dream of peace and freedom, if Shakespeare had never shown Hamlet to anyone, if Steve Jobs had kept his ideas to himself, if Picasso destroyed his paintings before anyone else could see them or Bob Dylan only played his songs only for himself – and I can think of so many more examples, what would have happened? The answer is: Literally nothing! That’s because, not sharing your gifts is as good as not having any gifts at all!

Why don’t people share their gifts and messages? I often asked those who matter and got myriad answers. Maybe some people don’t want to be seen as promoting themselves blowing their own trumpets, or maybe they were taught to be modest, to play it safe, to play it small. Maybe they believe that seeking publicity is arrogant and egotistical, blah blah…

Maybe you feel like you don’t have an “I Have a Dream” speech within you and guess what, you are absolutely right! You don’t… but what you have is something new and different! and we al have a message to the world, isn’t it?

Doesn’t matter, even if your gift and your message aren’t destined to alter the course of human history, it can still positively affect some and that matters.

As John Lennon said, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

When you don’t share a dream (or a gift, a talent, or a message) it dies with you. When you do share it, it takes on a life of its own and lives forever. Now choice is yours!


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Eswara H S on May 2, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      My dear Sohini,   Admitting that you are much younger to me and you were my student at one time, I still feel compelled to accept that I have a lot of things to learn from you. The very positive approach to life that you so strongly profound is something that I admire. Your message,”Have A Dream? Share It!”  is so persuasive, it is almost  impossible to resist. But what if someone had a Bad Dream? You talk of the dreams of Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and of people at that level. Think of dreams of terrorists, fascists, racists, religious bigots and such other people. It is better that they don’t dream. We must be choosy in opting to share the dreams of others. I sound negative in my approach, but I believe that I have a point to make.   With best wishes,   Affectionately, HS Eswara



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