Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Dr. Carol Hall-Whittier
On a sunny day, one peers out the window admiring the glistening light shining on the leaves. Your imagination is put into gear and maybe you think of sand between your toes as you run across a sandy beach. On another day, the clouds roll in ahead of a steady rain and your thoughts turn to delayed dreams that have been shoved under a heap of unpaid bills.
We dream of our children’s future. We dream of our own destinies. We dream of that day when we will get the promotion or the new job. But instead of that promotion, you may have lost your job this year. These events are the realities of our lives today. “Dreaming’s Out of Season” is a love ballad sung in the 70’s. Is dreaming out of season? Or is it more accurate to say it has taken a back seat to “I Will Survive,” another 70’s song?
When reflecting on the last several months, our lives have been bombarded with updates on a raging virus. Many suffer financial strains, family illnesses and deaths, and daily schedules that are impossible to keep. Many are just trying to survive these constant woes.
However, consider that a constant focus on the dangers around us will never produce the efficacy of employing one’s imagination to the future and possibilities of what can be. We must believe there will be a brighter day, rather than focusing on our issues. Those thoughts skew the purpose for seeing beyond what the naked eye cannot see. Therefore, look beyond the rainbow for a reality to your dreams and desires. Consider a familiar song that gives credence to our dreams:
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
There is a land that I heard of once in a lullaby
Somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
Clouds high over the rainbow makes all your dreams come true.
Dreams motivate us to work toward goals that are attainable. Dreams and ambitions are necessary for achievable success. Taking time to remember attainable goals, make new plans and increase opportunities to personally grow will make it easier to succeed, even when it seems life’s circumstances are pushing the rainbow further away.
Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where clouds are far behind me
When trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me
– Edgar Yipsel Harburg
When it comes to your cherished aspirations, never stop dreaming. Even when your goal attainment is delayed, stay the course. Think about expressing your hopes and desires in a journal to keep them fresh in your mind. And always keep your current life in perspective.
Use this time to reimagine your future with bigger, wider possibilities.
Hold fast to dreams.
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams.
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
– Langston Hughes
Let’s dream a dream of hope for ourselves and our future generation while forging ahead to new adventures.
Carol Ed.D is an experienced educator who has worked in an urban school district as a principal, instructional leader and teacher for over 34 years. Dr. Whittier received her training as an urban leader from St. Louis University where she earned a doctorate in education. She is identified as a Constructivist Leader believing that leadership should be built among working professionals as well as students, parents and community. Her work has been built on the belief that the school functions as a community that is self-motivating and that views the growth of its members as fundamental.
Dr. Whittier is adept in providing leadership training for principals, staff, and parents. She is especially interested in providing professional development for school personnel in the areas of transformational leadership; collaborative cultures; literacy learning; and effective use of assessments and evaluations to perfect the practice of professionals who are preparing students to live in a democratic society.