I’ve been thinking a lot about vision lately.
Vision can potentially be an intimidating word. Yet, it’s something we are all creating for ourselves right this very instant, whether we know it or not! Don’t believe me? It’s true!
When we think of a vision or a visionary, we may think of something grand, huge, global. Those are certainly some types of visions that we may have. But we don’t have to have a global vision for anything in order to have a personal vision for our lives. And that’s something I think everyone has, whether they realize it or not.
Think about it. Do you wake up many days feeling drudgery? Is there a part of you that might think that life as you know it will never change into anything better? That’s still a vision. It may not be a pleasant vision, but it still is one. And if it is your vision, it can be wise to acknowledge that this is how you really feel about your life right now. Because when you acknowledge that, you are able to take responsibility for doing something about it.
Is there a part of you that dreams so many great dreams of what your life could be like, yet you still feel stuck in what your life currently is? That’s a vision too. Because likely, if you don’t have anything else driving you in any particular direction, you’ll continue to stay in that conflicted space for however long you choose to, even if you don’t realize that you’re choosing to. What makes the difference is, again, whether or not you decide that you are going to do something about the life you’re currently in, to move in the direction of what you really want it to be.
Doing something doesn’t always have to mean doing something drastically different, although it may. For instance, you may decide to make a real end date for that job you hate, and in the meantime, form a plan about where you can go from here. Or you may decide to keep a job you can tolerate for awhile, in order to provide for yourself while studying, researching, and looking into other ways to use your gifts or explore your curiosities in the world.
So often these days, I get a sense that so many people, without realizing it, are actually creating a life with a conflicted vision. This conflict happens day after day when they get up and go to a job they hate, or if they feel trapped within the places they live or the company they keep. They hope and dream for something so much more than what their life really is. Yet, what stops them from going after these dreams? So often, I think it’s fear.
There are so many kinds of fears to be had. Believe me—I’m acutely aware of a lot of them! Fear of taking a risk and having it not work out. Fear of feeling the hurt of ending a close but now-toxic relationship. Fear of actually having the big dream come true—then what?! (Hint—we can keep dreaming other dreams!) :) Fear of what others will think if we _____ (do just about anything!) But the thing is that being trapped in fear keeps us feeling paralyzed, and it keeps us from helping to create the lives we really want.
Of course, we all know that we can’t always make our dreams come true immediately. Some dreams start out as very small seeds of ideas. But those seeds need time to grow. And they need to be watered and taken care of! They also need sunlight and lots of love. And we have more than enough of those things, metaphorically speaking, to give these seeds what they need.
We actually do have the choice to take time out in our lives, away from the millions of things that distract us, and sit and quietly reflect on all of who we are and who we can keep growing to be.
We actually do have the courage within ourselves to end a difficult relationship. We actually do have the strength to feel the pain from doing so.
We actually do have the amazing capacity within ourselves to take time to come back from a devastating loss, whether that is the loss of a loved one (or more), the loss of a job, a house, or anything. We actually do have the courage to lean into our thoughts and feelings, to discover and grow, and to take our new discoveries about ourselves and apply them to our relationships, our work, and our lives. And we actually do have the capacity within ourselves to not only dream of the life we really want to live but to help bring that life into our very reality.
We really do. Trust me. If you are human, you are no different from me in these areas. And I know that you are just as capable as me of discovering and strengthening these amazing human qualities within yourself.
I don’t care how many times society or other people or setbacks in life have possibly allowed you to believe that you don’t have these traits or capabilities anymore. You do. There’s no getting around it. All you need to do is to let yourself believe that you have them, and then begin to act on them.
Like anything worthwhile, strengthening these qualities of self-kindness, relationship health, courage, resilience, and acting on ways to make our lives what we want them to be takes practice. It takes diligent practice! Each and every day, we have hundreds of opportunities to learn more about who we really are, who we’re not, and who we really want to be. Everything in our lives can be a teaching lesson for us, if we allow it to be.
So what will you learn from your life today?
I challenge you to think about that as you go through the rest of your day today, and maybe through all of the rest of your days. Ask yourself, “What is life trying to teach me through this experience?”
You may not always sense an answer. And some answers you may not really welcome or want to hear! (Boy, do I get that one!) ;) But the answers may very well come in time, especially if you allow yourself to keep diligently practicing so many of those amazing human qualities that we all have—most particularly courage, resilience, and a commitment to your own health in every way.
And if you can commit to practicing these amazing qualities, you may just surprise yourself. Because you may just be able to bring a very focused vision into your life and allow it to unfold in the highest ways and in the best timing. Once you can become aware that you’re creating your life’s vision each day, whether you realize it or not, you have so much more power to decide to actively and consciously create it. And that, I’ve found, is definitely one way that can lead to making life so much better than it may ever have been.
What will you learn from your life today? And what’s your ultimate vision for your life?
I challenge you again. Take a few minutes and actually write your dreams down. They can be dreams for this year, next year, five years, or twenty years from now. It doesn’t matter. Get them down on paper.
Don’t be afraid to dream bigger than you may feel currently possible. Once you start taking conscious actions toward your vision, you may soon discover that what you once thought was impossible may be much more possible than you ever realized.
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No matter what, always remember this: You are deserving, you are worthy, and you are good enough. Keep being you, keep shining, and keep growing!
With great love,