Make Your Own Vision

Life of Chas

The conversation goes like this:
“Mom, Dad, I want to be a singer. “
“You’re the basketball guy, focus on your dream”

Next thing you know you’re singing in the school play and also trying to make basketball practice, while hiding all this from your friends and family.
You’re trying to please everyone. Then you have a breakdown in the middle of the night in the school auditorium. You’re screaming, singing, and dancing around in your basketball jersey and…

Okay, I just described the plot of High School Musical (and if you haven’t seen it… well, spoiler alert). What I’m getting at is sometimes we have a dream that we want to follow, we start building and working towards that dream. Then somewhere in the process, someone see’s a different dream for us and they plant that seed. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes those dreams are what we…

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Keeping the vision

Milo Mlangeni

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Always remind yourself of where you are going. There are enough distractions in life to keep you walking in circles. It is not every good course that is yours, neither are all human-kind problems yours to solve. Even good things in life can distract you from your vision.

When you know where you are going, you will select the courses you follow and the battles you fight.

‘For the vision awaits an appointed time; it testifies of the end, and will not lie. Though it lingers, wait for it, since it will surely come and not delay.’ Habakkuk 2:3

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My Vision, My Opinion, My Fiction

Lani Longshore's Blog

I ran across two notions about vision and opinion this week – “no self-respecting animal moves before it looks” (Kay Hogan) and “whenever you go someplace, you not only see the environment, but you develop an opinion about it” (Camille Minichino). The first comes from a teacher of The Alexander Technique, a method to retrain the body into healthier posture and movement. The second is from a prolific writer and teacher who was explaining how to give the reader more information while building suspense. Since I’m not the kind of writer who wants to explore dysfunctional characters, I am delighted to have these comments in my toolbox. I like both my heroines and villains to be rational, sensible, and ultimately concerned with the common good. The idea of moving from what you think you see to what actually exists is more interesting to me than…

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