The past few days have energized me in a way that I remember from day long gone by. I can feel hope. I can sense the possibilities. There is a tangible reality to what might happen with the opportunities. It will be interesting to look back at some point in the future, however, whatever happens, I know that I will see that there was a vision.
Yesterday I shared my sense of optimism with two colleagues. We were watching a swarm of kids run around an indoor soccer pitch. The event was a birthday celebration for one of the kids. It was a moment that echoed a statement I first heard while watching a softball game with a parent. “Life does not get any better than this.”
While your vision may be different than mine, I realize that we individually need to have and hold a vision. In a long forgotten story, Paul stood up and shared his, “‘Last night God’s angel stood at my side, an angel of this God I serve, saying to me, ‘Don’t give up, Paul. You’re going to stand before Caesar yet—and everyone sailing with you is also going to make it.’’” (Acts 27.23, 24) Paul words were more than the specifics. He was offering each the gift of hope.
As I wake with a list of tasks that exceed my ability to deliver, I can glimpse a vision. For me, it centers on being an anchor for those I love. In the past, I would pursue the dream for the outcomes that came with it. Now, I find myself embracing the values and hopes in my dream because I love the vision! The reward of giving without need of compensation is liberating.
I realize that dreams are different. They also change overtime. It is in connecting with mine that I discovered a love for the present. In being there, I find I am in a position to deliver on the promise. It is a wonderful place to be. It is an invitation to step into and towards the future.