As poet, playwright and novelist Langston Hughes said, “Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is like a broken winged bird that cannot fly.”
What dream do you want to resurrect? Langston Hughes, who was a friend of my parents, is considered one of the founding fathers of the Harlem Renaissance. My mother, Janie Sykes-Kennedy, described his work as “trying to awaken the consciousness of black people to strive and not let go of who they were. His quest was to get inside of the mind and soul of the common person.” Despite his popularity, as a black man in America during the twenties through sixties, he knew first-hand the feeling of rejection and inequality. He used his own agony of unrealized hopes to fuel his creativity. No matter what, hold fast to your dreams. Just as most birds are meant to fly, humans are meant to express themselves fully and uniquely. Consider what aspirations you may have put aside. Perhaps now is the time to revitalize your intention. The seed of inspiration was planted in you for a reason. Don’t let internal doubts or societal hurdles hold you back. Use all of your experiences to add color to your vision. Your dreams are wings meant to lift you to new heights. Step out and take flight!
Until next time, remember-it’s your divine life, live it to the fullest. The power is in your hands!
With Purpose & Power,
Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy.