What Is Your Dream?

During the recently concluded Urban Biodiversity and Food Security Conference in Cape Town, I met Tatu Gatere, a Kenyan and also US citizen. She was one of the Keynote speakers and her topic was “Citizen voice in the development of African urban environments: Experiences from non-formal settlements in Nairobi.” While introducing her presentation, she had spoken on how she relocated back to Kenya after working as an architect in the US for 10 years. She also worked for one year in Johannesburg. However, she left all that to empower the young people in Kenyan informal settlements. I had the opportunity of sitting down to chat with her over breakfast where I asked her why she relocated back to Africa when many Africans dream to relocate to US. She responded profoundly with this statement. Why are many white people in Kenya? She also told me that her dream is not just to give back but to also live something behind for her people. I am sure like Tatu, you too have ideas and intentions of doing something significant but do you have a specific, vivid picture of your idea(s) written down. If you don’t, take some time to write out your dream. John Maxwell writes “Your dream can contain your principles. It can contain specifics, as Martin Luther King Jr.’s did. It can be a poem, a story, a list. Make it your own, but be sure to write down. You may be able to write it in a sitting. Or it may take you months as it did me. That’s not important. The process of writing it forces you to clarify your thinking and know what you want. And having it written gives you a record of your hopes and aspirations. Once it’s done, you can decide who to share it with.”

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Martin Luther King, Jr