Martin Luther King, in his 1963 "I Have a Dream" speech, spoke of a future time when his four little children would be judged not by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

45 years later, the voters in America elected Barack Obama President of the United States. In 2009 our country will be entering into a new phase of operations under this vital, energetic leader.

The New Year is a time of new beginnings. Here at home we'll be making resolutions, but they will be empty promises unless we back them up with action. We need to believe we can accomplish our goals. Faith is being sure of what we hope and certain of what we do not know.

We have a sign on our kitchen wall that reads, "We do not stop laughing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop laughing." I think the word "dreaming" could be substituted for "laughing." The Bible says, "Your young men will dream dreams," but dreams are not only for the young.

We once bought a house that was advertised for "Artists, writers, and dreamers." At the time I was neither an artist nor a writer, but I guess I've always been a dreamer. I never want to stop being a dreamer. But what is a dream? According to Disney, it is a wish your heart makes.

One of my favorite poems is by Yeats: "Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths... I would lay them at your feet. But I, being poor, have only my dreams. I have laid my dreams at your feet. Tread softly for you tread upon my dreams."

My wish for you in 2009 is that you won't forget your dreams and that you will tread lightly so as not to step on the dreams of others.

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