Vision: that was the challenge. Now the question: Do I have it in me?
One of the (many) things Arch like about the DJ training was when she gave a challenge on having vision for every area of your life. How many areas of your life can you think of? We had homework over lunch. The areas of challenge: personal finance, in business, as a spouse, parent, physically, spiritually, every aspect of our lives need to have vision.
Dani left nothing off bounds. She then makes statements that kinda make your head spin, but if you pause for a moment you realize you can find the premise in the Bible.
Proverbs 19:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish:”
That totally hit home with me. I told you about Taylor and my dream issue. I had to wonder: is a vision and a dream the same thing?
According to Websters, the noun definition:
a series of thoughts, visions, or feelings that happen during sleep
: an idea or vision that is created in your imagination and that is not real
: something that you have wanted very much to do, be, or have for a long time
the ability to see : sight or eyesight
: something that you imagine : a picture that you see in your mind
: something that you see or dream especially as part of a religious or supernatural experience
So, it almost seems like dreams have a lot of feelings, are created, or feelings of desire. Vision is tangible, you can see it, either in your mind or in the real world. Honestly, if you used a thesaurus, I’ll bet the words are interchangeable. Just checked: yep!
According to DJ we are suppose to fight to keep our vision and that requires discipline and setting goals, to name a few. So…a dream may not be a the same as a vision for me because there is no setting of goals for my dreams (unless the goal, “don’t have them anymore,” counts).
Taylor was nauseated during that homework so neither one of us were very visionary.
Vision: where do I see myself in the future? Wow, when Arch and I attended together, 10 short months ago we had it all planned out. We had vision in every area of our lives. 5 months later my vision went black.
Now I am unsure as to my future. I am grateful to my heavenly Dad that He is providing every day. We have yet to go a day without food, shelter, or hope. I am not saying things are easy. Internet and my land line are due to be cancelled. Another “fat” (not a necessity) that can be cut. Taylor and I don’t feel angry or like we are loosing anything. We are incredibly grateful to have each other, and everything else is just “stuff.”
We have other areas of cutting back we are praying about. God would have to line up so many things, they are nearly unattainable dreams, oh, wait, if I am taking strides and setting goals, that would qualify as a vision, right? Those are financial: check. Even if God closes the doors, at least I took the chance and according to DJ often vision is birthed from failure. My vision would, yet again, be revised.
As a parent: I check in with Taylor often to see how I’m doing on that one. Since I don’t know what she needs, my vision is just to stay in close enough proximity to allow her wings to fully extend for flight but be close enough to untangle them if one gets caught.
As a spouse: I guess I no longer have to have a vision for that one. Maybe I could choose to honor the state of marriage and encourage those around me to never give up on their love story.
As for business, I love what I do, but we are always growing and changing. I guess my vision would be to sharpen my skill set, continue education on our products and people, be open to opportunities to teach, and follow up with our customers for support with encouragement, ensuring they feel equipped, confident, and valued.
As for physically: good grief, I’m almost 50. A great goal/vision would be not to break or tear anything ;). I guess one better would be to be better at 50 than I was at 40. DJ showed a video of an 82 year old body builder (freakn’ awesome!). Being my mom my went home in her early 60’s and my hubby at 46, I hesitate to make long term goals, but I can make strides everyday to do something to be better tomorrow than I am today.
As for spiritually–wow! I feel like my heavenly Dad carries me through each day. My goal, for which I am striving, is to spend at least a portion of each day with Him. I figure, if I make time to eat, why can’t I make time for the One who gives me the air I breath. Kind of a no brainer, but that’s just me.
Vision: Huh. I guess I have it in me after all. Thanks for talking me through it.