I Have A Dream
By Lee Boniface, 05 May 2012 –
“And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther Kings speech is one of the most inspiring bits of oratory I have ever heard, I even had it in my car to listen to, for me it's all about leadership, bringing people together. He knew none of us can live in a vacuum, exclude people from the big table of life and you are asking for trouble.
Love it or loathe it we are interconnected the sheer cause and effect of life can be ignored by many, but its consequences come home to roost with what many people, feel is surprising regularity.
But is it that surprising? A divided society will deliver fragmented results, I am a business owner of 20 years I believe in many ways in the capitalist system, in that if you work hard you deserve the fruits of your labour, and as many do not put equal effort, then the idea of equal reward is flawed.
The Starting Line Of Life
However as I got older a nagging feeling has been eating away at me, this is all well and good if we all start at the same place in the race of life, then it would be all about how hard we worked however I know personally I was very privileged to have parents that encouraged my growth as a person, loved me for who I am, I had also grandparents who loved and cherished me.
Especially my late grandmother from Chichester who's biased towards me was at times was almost embarrassing while at the same time so comforting in that I knew I had someone who supported me a 100% whatever the circumstances, she would have done anything for me and I knew it, and I miss her very much, more than words can say.
Sadly the start line of life is not equal children have parents that are physically or mentally absent, giving little or no support, these children grow up distanced from modern society always looking in from the outside, yes they may have a chip on their shoulder but who's there to remove it.
The Toolkit Of Life
My nagging feeling is you have to move kids towards the best start in life you can, after that life is down to your own endeavour, however I have always used the metaphor of the toolkit of life. I feel my toolkit was pretty full time I was 16 years old, did it protect me from huge mistakes in my 30s and forties?- Nope, however it gave me grounding and the rest was up to me- personal responsibility.
The Brathay Trust
The brathay trust gives young people a chance to build their toolkit, and that makes me so very proud to be part of a 18 strong team of people committed to raising money for this wonderful organisation, that gives children a chance to lead a more productive life, which in my opinion is good for them and us all in equal measure.