*“With this faith, we will be able to hew out of the mountain of despair a stone of hope. With this faith, we will be able to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood. With this faith, we will be able to work together, to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together, to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free one day.” Excerpt taken from a Dr. Martin Luther King’s speech.

Are we so lost in the pursuit of our own dreams and caught up in the daily trappings of life, that we’ve forgotten our past? Whether you are black or white, yellow or red, there was a generation before you who contributed to the foundation that we now use to advance ourselves and hopefully have a good life.

Are people who benefited from the likes of Dr. King walking around in the Land of Make Believe as if there isn’t more to do to improve our society? We watch helplessly, although we are not helpless. We notice people being treated unkindly and unfairly because of their position in life. This position comes from people being defined by their financial status, job title, neighborhood, race, sexual orientation or level of access and influence.

Where is the “beautiful symphony of brotherhood” that Dr. King spoke about, the ability to work, pray and struggle together so that we all rise to freedom. Freedom is the the power to determine action without restraint. There are families of soldiers, people who have homes are in foreclosure and single parents, who are raising children alone who could all use the village to assist them on their journey to freedom.

We can keep going for self, making sure we get ours, taking care of “me and mine”; however, we will not be free until we consider one another. I know that no one person can save the world, but we can certainly stop buying into the narcissistic nature of our new world. The simple truth is that we cannot truly be free until we all are.

So many are already doing their part. What are you doing to keep the dream from drowning?

Monica Cost is communications strategist, brand manager and respected corporate and motivational speaker. She is the President and Founder of Evidently Assured, a brand & talent management firm.  Email her at:  [email protected]. Follow her via Twitter: @monicacost and Facebook.com/monicahairstoncost.