Follow your dream

Barry J Palmer, International President

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” - Walt Disney

Martin Luther King did not say "I have a goal." Or "I have an aim."

The most powerful words in his famous speech were "I have a dream".

A dream embraces our most cherished longings. It embodies our very identity. We often won't feel fulfilled as human beings until we realise our dreams.

The innovative and gifted Danish architect Jorn Utzon had a dream – to build a structure that would be renowned not only for its aesthetic design, but also one that would define its surroundings while defying the principles of modern architecture. In 1957 he got his chance. His design for the Sydney Opera House was selected from over 200 entries. There were many naysayers, and more than a few famous architects who said it couldn’t be done.

Work began in earnest in March 1959. Through both trial and tribulation, the opera house shell began to take shape. Finally, after 14 years, the opera house opened to the public in 1973. Today, it stands as a world-wide symbol for Sydney, and Utzon’s dream lives on as both an architectural marvel and a perfect example of “if you can dream it, you can achieve it.”

We all have hopes and dreams. We all go through times in our lives when we come up with ideas of things that we would like to accomplish in the years ahead. It’s a natural human tendency to come up with an ideal that we would like to fulfill in our future.

Everyone should have a dream – a vision – a goal, and something as unique as our very DNA.

The challenge is really twofold: first identify your dream, and then work to achieve your dream, for there is nothing more disheartening than a dream unfulfilled.

Our Global Service Action Campaigns of engaging youth (August), working with the blind and visually impaired (October), feeding the hungry (December and January), and working to improve the environment (April) solidify our reputation for service, providing clubs and districts with yet another opportunity to effect positive change – to make life better for our neighbours. Each year our Global Service Action campaigns account for over 200 million hours of service, with a direct impact on 16 million people.

In addition to these campaigns, I’m also challenging the Lions of the world to focus on reducing poverty through actions such as micro-financing and low-cost technologies that can improve lives and allow more people in need to break the cycle of poverty and realise their fullest potential. To enable them to follow their dreams.

It’s never too late to find your dream.

Have you found yours?

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