“If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. —Maya Angelou
Love this quote. Not only because of what it means but because I know that Ms. Angelou believed it. I know that because of the poems she wrote. Phenomenal Woman, Still I Rise, those are words that were written with power and purpose. They indeed transform one million realities. “When a person shows you who they are, take their word for it the first time” I live by those words. They keep me safe. I mentored girls for many years and the two key concepts that I would teach them were, know your worth and guard your heart. I believe that those two things put everything else into perspective. None of them were teen mothers, and many of them went to college. I am proud of them. I still talk to all of them. There are things they do that I can see turning into a problem miles ahead of when they do them, but if they do not ask for my opinion, I do not give it. I am here for support.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream, and that dream is still playing a huge role in millions of realities. Malcolm X believed that we needed to take and demand our equality by any means necessary and that truth has also transformed many realities. Heaven is a place that we have not seen, and we don’t know for sure that it exists outside of our state of mind, but it alters the realities of millions who act in specific ways hoping that they will be granted admission into this place that is supposed to be magnificent.
Those are just a few popular fantasies that have gone on to alter millions of realities. There have been some that were not as positive, such as Jim Jones and Charles Mason, but the reality is that your fantasy is or could very well be someone else’s reality.
There is nothing wrong with living a dream, but there is a great deal wrong with not dreaming.