For those of us who will not become part of the controlling 20 percent, does that make our dreams invalid? I hope not. I believe that it is still possible for anyone to realize their dream or dreams, irrespective of Pareto's 80/20 rule.
Most adults come to the end of their own dreams on their own terms and in their own time. I would like to believe that our children deserve our intentional protection and preservation of their dreams, at least for a while.
We can help preserve a child's dream by suspending judgment about their dreams and by becoming an adult voice of support. In not telling a child that their dream is wrong, you empower them to explore today's dream and the many dreams that will follow if they are not sufficiently discouraged. Their dreams are precious, rare and part of our national treasure.
The children in each of our individual worlds have laid their dreams at our feet, please, tread softly as it is their dreams upon which we tread. Remember, all kids count.
Scot Hurlburt can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org