Everyone is a visionary

Photo: Greg Rakozy

Everyone is a visionary. Everyone has a vision, an image of who they are, of their place in the world. However, it is up to each individual whether their visions are grand or small, whether they aspire to new heights or prefer to remain within the safety of the known. Throughout history, the greatest people of each generation were defined by their ability to see a picture of the future that no one else could see and their ceaseless drive to make that picture into a reality. Every individual must have a picture of who they envision themselves to be in the future and what they envision the future to be like around them. Without such a vision, without this fixed point, present strivings are turned to meaningless motion within a sea of ambivalence.

Visions are dynamic, far from static depictions of two dimensional images at a single point in time. Each vision should be ever changing as the collective knowledge is ever changing and the outer reaches of human understanding are constantly expanding. Visions should change as new opportunities present themselves. Serendipitous occurrences should be taken advantage of with great enthusiasm. Thus changes in vision entail a retooling of the vision, not the loss of vision. 

Everyone is a visionary, many just have weak visions. Many fail to construct a compelling picture of who they see themselves to be in the future and an even poorer visions of the world they see surrounding them. Even more difficult, many fail to maintain that vision amidst the plethora of swirling distractions clamoring for their attention.

Clarify your vision, refine your vision. Be intentional about building a greater vision, and once it is build tirelessly strive towards that vision. 

Everyone is a visionary. 

Published by JR Stanley

I am an MD, PhD student, training to be a physician scientist, with a deep interest in science, faith, and living life as an adventure. Join me as I entertain ideas from new findings in science, evolving interpretations of faith, and experience life one day and one adventure at a time.

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