Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired the world in his 1963 speech that began: “I have a dream …”
A colleague from a previous life of mine was forever preaching the importance of personal affirmation/mission statements that begin with the powerful: “I am …”
Richard Louv recently wrote a new chapter in his well-known book “Last Child in the Woods” that begins: “Imagine a world …”
What each of these prophetic voices are suggesting is that only focusing on the problem won’t get us anywhere. We have to dream.
In talking with children and young adults over the past few years about access to nature and nature-based experiences, Louv was dismayed to learn that the message young people are hearing about nature is this: saving natural spaces is doomed, don’t even bother. The banging gongs are climate change and pollution; stranger-danger and time constraints.
Louv is instead suggesting that we begin to dream. With a little optimism, an ounce of realism, a whole lot of creativity, and some healthy risk-taking, we could paint quite an extraordinary picture for our own lives and communities!
What are your dreams?
PS: Sorry for the gagish optimism, but I really do think there’s something to getting outside of ourselves and re-imagining what hope lies ahead. I also know that there are days when that’s just not possible and a little grace could be added to that optimism+realism+risk+creativity equation!
PPS: Want to help a child to dream (or hold a chicken)? Send them to summer camp! Register here or donate to our campership fund here, a fund that financially supports campers who otherwise wouldn’t be able to spend a week in these magical mountains.
Whim: “sudden idea.” This weekly post promises a number of things: personal thoughts and reflections, showing off Camp Stevens’ programs and staff, announcements for upcoming opportunities, and answering questions or responding to comments “from the audience.” If you have a topic or question you’d like addressed, just e-mail Beth!