It probably was the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. monument in Washington, D.C. Hearing his name causes most people to remember his famous speech, “I have a Dream.”
If that’s not the reason for people suddenly telling me their dreams and hopes for the future it must have been sheer coincidence. It was so strange; it all happened in the space of a single week. Everywhere I went, everyone I spoke to, the conversation centered around their dreams. In fact, it seems to encourage people to express their dreams and discuss their ideas.
There I was, minding my own business, ordering new checks at our bank in Morristown. I’m trying to put the film in my mind on “reverse” as I ask myself, “How did this subject get started?
A young bank officer, sitting across from me at his desk in his small cubicle suddenly came up with: “I’ve been thinking about professions to consider for myself. I have a good idea about starting a new business. It’s on the same order of the Zagat Guides, but instead of restaurant reviews I would write about night life for people my age. There are lots of social places we can get together to talk, dance, have a few drinks and meet new friends. What do you think of that?”
In situations like these, where I haven’t had time to study the facts I came up with my usual safe answer, “That’s an interesting idea.”
He must have thought that my answer didn’t sound too enthusiastic, because he was prepared to float another idea by me: “How about a laundromat?”
He might have kept on tossing ideas my way if I didn’t excuse myself to get to “another appointment.”
So, on to my hairdresser’s appointment, where out of the blue, Joanne said, “I don’t want to stand in back of a chair for the rest of my life.” I’ve got too many ideas: creative ideas.” Then she described her dream: “I want to own my own party planning service. I can hire out the work to people like hairdressers, makeup experts and fashion consultants. Imagine planning a wedding and having one stop for all your needs.”People have dreams; people have ideas. I encourage people to keep an open mind; keep them coming.
As the comedian Stephen Wright says, “If at first you don’t succeed, destroy all evidence that you tried.”