I look at my life and I cannot say I have had such a dream to inspire me to do great things like Dr. Kind did. In fact, I would say my life has been rather mundane in many ways. I few times I have actually been "spurred to action." I marched on Washington in 1993 and demonstrated against Proposition 8 here in California. I vote. That can be a radical act. Dr King fought for the right to vote for every American citizen. Not voting would be a slap in the face to him, I believe.
As I was saying, though, I cannot think of a time I ever was truly inspired to rouse myself from what is probably a bit of complacency, or was it fear or doubt? I don't know. I truly admire men like Dr King. He, like many other men and women heroes, rose up on behalf of the oppressed and disenfranchised. I hold them up in awe.
Yet, another thought, though. Sometimes by quietly living a life of integrity and truth, one can make a difference. Perhaps that is where folks like me come in. I recognize how privileged I have been to be born a white male in America with a modicum of wealth and security. I also know it could vanish at any moment. I like to think I am open and affirming of most and actively love freely. For me, it is being grateful for all I have and being able and willing to share with others that makes my dream come true.
I guess my dream and Dr King's aren't that far apart. And because of him, I believe I am a better person. I would only hope there are one or more who might say the same of me someday.