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Now is the Time for Your ‘Dream’
Project management lessons learned from MLK
July 4th was still a couple of days away when I began writing the column for this issue. Living in a military town and in the greatest country in the world, freedom seems to be all around me. Yet, it was not always that way for all of us.
Let me say, first, that the wonderful thing about our nation is that we do not have to accept the status quo. For instance, you could be a great bricklayer and have the fastest trowel in the West, but dream to go beyond that – to owning a business, pursuing that dream, and employing others along the way. Our country and industry provide a way for that to happen. We do enjoy these freedoms.
But, about 50 years ago, this “freedom for all” concept came to a head. A young man back then thought about all of this, and wondered about those freedoms. He wasn’t wondering about starting a business, but about those basic freedoms that everyone else in the country seemed to be taking for granted. Those included the right to vote, the right to sit where you want on a city bus or at a restaurant, and the right to quench your thirst at any public drinking fountain. The ability to buy a house in the neighborhood you want, and send your kids to a good school weren’t available to all. Those ideas seemed radical.
Dr. King saw a number of components to his future dream:
The main theme that ran through his speech was that “Now is the time.” I certainly can’t do his speech the justice it deserves, so I urge you this anniversary month to find it on the Internet and listen to or read it.
Dr. King closed his speech by seeing in his heart and mind the time when:
“…all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”
Our industry can realize that the goal – the dream – is in sight. We’ve already endured about three years of this misery, and probably are passed the half-way point. When you feel discouraged with the way things are going, sort of like you might be getting picked on, think about those millions of Americans who had to put up with much worse than that, and for about 100 years longer! Things turned around for them after Dr. King and other leaders identified a “dream,” and challenged each other that now being the time.”
|Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2011 18:15|