Many times we can control our attitudes by what we focus on. Where has your focus been?
Vision Changes Our Life
I’m sure many of you have heard the expression, “He/she has an eagle eye.” I think we sort of know what that means; the person sees everything. However, here are a few fun facts about the eagle’s vision:
- The eagle’s eye is 4-8 times stronger than a human.
- An eagle can spot a rabbit that is 3.2 km away, which is 4-5 times farther than we can.
- They can swoop down to their prey at 125-200 mph
- they can pick up details in their vision and their vision magnifies them.
- The angle of the eye gives them a 340 degree visual field.
- They turn their head to look for prey, and when found, the prey is magnified to see how far they have to fly and at what speed.
So when we think we are sneaking up on an eagle to get a shot with a camera, I doubt we are hidden at all. It is amazing to me when we study God’s creation, that He made them so intricate. I often times have wished I could see that far ahead of me just in one day, let alone my life ahead of me.
Why am I talking about the eagle’s eye? For one thing, God sends eagles to soar over me almost every time I go out. It’s our thing. Another thing, I think it gives me a good open door into the idea of vision. We hear people talk about vision in a few of the following ways:
- What is your vision for your education when you get out of school?
- What is your vision for your career?
- What is your vision for the project?
- What do you think is God’s vision for you?
- We are casting a vision for the direction we want to go.
That doesn’t mention how vision is used when we talk about our eye sight. Vision is how we see things. It’s our perspective as well. Think about it. Have you ever had a vision for what your career would be, only to have it change? Or what about a vision for who you will marry and what that would look like, only to find its lots of work laced with difficulties. I have found in my life that my vision changes and evolves. Here is an example from my own life. When I was growing up, music was my life. I got involved in everything I could get involved with where music was concerned so that I could enjoy my passion. I wanted to go to college and become a music teacher. I knew how music
was important to me and I wanted to share that passion with others. I was even a delegate to the All State Chorus from Washington State my senior year. The choir performed under the direction of Jester Hairston, which was a life altering experience all to itself! Then after two years and an Associate Degree and Certificate in Special Education, I could no longer put myself through school. Instead, I went to work for a local school district in Special Education. I wrote a grant letter to get funding for a small bus for the Sp Ed department to have for transporting the students to and from school. I had currently used a station wagon to do that. I got my CDL to drive the bus routes and sports runs. My vision was changed. It evolved into something else. I have had many, many of those vision changes in my life. All of them making me who I am today. I still got to direct choirs and community choirs in my time. Just wasn’t the original vision I had.
I think we sometimes have this idea that our vision is stationary and doesn’t change, and if it does change, then it is lost. But I have come to know that it is how I SEE those changes, that then give me a new vision. It evolves into the next thing that I get to do. We are each given vision to see the world around us. HOW we see it can make all the difference. If I had stuck with my earlier vision, I may have felt defeated and disappointed in myself that I didn’t continue. But I would have missed all the other visions that God has placed in my spirit. I would have missed the people he has brought into my life. I would have missed the promptings to expand and readjust my vision of my life and circumstances. THAT would be a total loss of vision. Instead, I have allowed my visions to change and I have changed with them. I have gotten to do some marvelous things in my life.
That word vision has been so used up. Don’t let it discourage you. Start looking around and ask for new eyes to see; a vision to open up to you. Watch out when it happens though because it will be life changing and life altering. You may find a new zeal in your life that wasn’t there before. It may move you to do things you haven’t ever done. It COULD even make it so you take part in activities that others think are kind of wild and crazy. I say this: “DO what you love, and do it every day.” It’s like drinking from the good glasses every day! Or…a different mocha cup!
Here are a few of mine:
- I’m getting back into music and playing instruments.
- I’m singing more.
- I do more with my photography by taking classes through books I’m reading, My Story 365 project, adding a lens to my bag, and asking God to help me see the unusual.
- The cabin we purchased to enjoy more down time.
- More time spent with family and friends.
- Reading more again. I used to read with a goal of a book a week. I never made that goal but I read around 200 books in a year, of all kinds.
- I enjoy decorating to make our home, and now the cabin, more like we want them to be; which is our vision for retirement years.
- Sew into the life of my kids and grandson.
- Take out my Mini for rides just to enjoy driving it more.
- Time on the patio enjoying the feeling of quiet time.
- The joy of a mocha in the morning as I choose a cup from my collection.
- Taking pictures I love and enjoy because I LOVE them, and think about who else make like them. The pictures I take speak to ME, and that is what taking photos is about.
I can’t say the above ideas works for you, however, at this point of my life, THAT is my vision of happiness. Yours is of course different depending on where you are in life journey. It doesn’t mean you can’t have a vision geared toward you. Would you do me a favor? In the comments here on the blog, share a part of what you feel your vision is for your life at this time? It may just be that you get through your day. It could be a new craft you want to spend time doing. It could be more family time. It may be doing something different on the job. Whatever it is, I would love to hear about it, as well as, how you see that coming to fruition. What do you see?
I hope this post has fanned the flame in your soul for making you feel more alive. The fact that our vision isn’t carved in stone is liberating to me. I hope the idea that visions can change makes your heart skip a beat. It will change until the day I pass from this world into my heavenly home. That is a really great way to live in freedom…a vision that excited me! You see the picture to the left is me with a Tootsie Pop out camping and staying in a cottage; something our family did a lot of growing up. That vision has always been a live in me, and now I am establishing that vision for my family; our cabin. Yes. Having vision IS important and can be life changing for generations to come.
Until next time,