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Dream. Let nothing dim the light that shines within you. To me, this statement says that we all have an inner light, a dream, within us. This is something important for each of us to know, nurture and empower.

What is a dream, if not a heartfelt desire to achieve an outcome? We all have dreams, but how many still shine bright and how many have become dim? This statement urges us to keep the light bright and to never forget what we desire to accomplish. It urges us to stay focused on our dreams and hold them closely no matter what. Life, people, conditions and circumstances will conspire to dim that light over time. But if we could stay focused and maintain our dream, the light would shine brightly. Both within you and for the entire world to see.

Would you ask that question of Dr Martin Luther King? Perhaps you have a different definition of a dream, one that implies a pleasant thought rather than a driving or motivating force. In my interpretation of the statement, the word dream means a powerful, driving and motivating force, and that is how I will use the word in this article. Dreams are what move us forward when all else seems to be against us. It’s the spark that lights our way in the darkest hours of our lives.

It’s what keeps us hopeful when everyone else says to give up. It’s what warms us from the inside, when the world is cold and hostile. Having a dream is how one justifies our existence. Acting on the dream justifies having a life. Having a dream and not letting it go dim requires us to act on it, lest it become dim or worse yet, go out.

Please note that there is a difference between a dream and just wanting something. A dream might be equality for all, or peace for mankind. Wanting something might be a really nice car or a big TV or the latest gaming system.

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