Monday, January 19, 2009
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."
Well, we got it right.
But the first time opens the pathway making the next time easier, more likely, less painful.
And once again we have firm evidence that the "we could nevers" and the "that's impossibles" and the "that's unrealistics" are NOT real barriers. They are only barriers as long as we allow them to be. (Do read my post about being unrealistic--it's one of my favorites!)
We know it. We live in an age of amazing breakthroughs on every front. How can we look at anything and call it impossible?? We can't.
We can say we don't know how (yet).... we can say we don't want to... but we cannot say "that's impossible" in 2009 and retain any credibility.
I believe Barack Obama in yesterday's speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial extended Martin Luther King's Dream beyond skin color, mentioning disability by name (once again--and yes, I am counting!)
-Community events and activities (and inaugurations!)
-Citizenship (ie: membership, belonging, contributing)
Challenging? Sure. Difficult? Sometimes. Stressful? At times.
Possible? Once we decide to do it.
Necessary? If our country is going to live up to the mission and vision our Founding Fathers laid before us, yes indeed.
When my son was 6 or 7 he was a science-fiend. He was particularly fascinated with the rain forests and with life under the ocean. One day there was an announcement of some amazing discoveries in both places... My son wept. He was so sure there would be nothing left for him to discover when he grew up.
Well, the good news, for him and for us, is that there is PLENTY for us to do. Our gifts are needed. There is plenty of room for growth, for expansion, for us to reach together to create new opportunities and to grow as communities and as a country.
And as my friend Kathy told me on the worst, rainiest, muddiest, coldest, dankest church camping trip ever, "The worse the weather and the harder the task, the greater the teambuilding."
So, in summary: There is much to do. Nothing is impossible. Your gifts are essential. We are going to be friends.
Works for me! How about you?
For more on MLK and disability see:
Pictures from here and here. Please note that both of these speeches happened at the Lincoln Memorial. And the quote is from here.
Special Needs Truth 2008 (not MLK, just a wow!)