In Wonderland, Alice encounters a fork in the road. She’s lost. When she sees a feline with a big smile looking down on her, she asks, “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to walk from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” the grinning cat replies.
“I don’t much care where,“ Alice responds.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you walk,” the Cheshire cat answers.
Vision sheds light on both who you are and where you are going. Most of us move through life without a vision of where we want to go. Vision will map out the road ahead, as well as clarify where we are going to end up.
Writing out a vision for your life doesn’t mean it will turn out exactly as planned. Taking time to examine the depths of our heart and make plans that propel us in that direction is time well spent. Most of us operate under the belief that we’ll get to the more important stuff tomorrow, next year, in the slow season. But the slow season never comes. We’re either going to be proactive or reactive today, this month, this year.
Take some time to think about your future. Identify the areas in your life that are most important to you — Community, Relationships, Career, Finances, Faith, etc — and write out a vision for each of those areas. A simple example, if you want a deep connection with your children as adults, thinking through what that looks like helps you decide what you need to do daily, weekly, quarterly, annually for the next 10 years, in order to get there. Crafting a solid vision of your future is both logical and emotional.
Vision evolves. It needs to be reviewed, updated, revised. Work on your own clearly envisioned future until it compels your heart. Avoid being like Alice on the road to I-don’t-much-care.