October 5, 2019-
At our Baha’i Unit Convention, this morning, I spotted a sign on the host’s chalkboard, with the message, “Build Vision”. One of the constant mantras of my childhood was that we each had to see ourselves in five years, ten years, etc.
Most of us have thought of this, to the extent we think of it at all, in terms of education, career, size of family, etc. I did all that, and now, as my formal career has little more than a year to run, albeit as a part-time substitute teacher, my vision is changing tack.
It’s always been natural, even impulsive, for me to take in the world, in my planning or visualizing. Often, I have been chastised, for being too global. I think the point was for me to be more present, in the here and now. My head has made great strides, in that regard-and my focus is sharper, in the past dozen years, than it was long ago. A good part of that came with being a caretaker. There is, as is said in such challenging environments as, say, the Alaskan Bush, the fact that “Ignorance, distraction and stupidity are the three Princes of Death”.
There is much that I have left to do, so keeping my broader vision global, whilst maintaining a sharp focus on what’s close at hand, has presented itself, with a welcome intensity. If I slip, I know there are those among my faithful readers, not to mention, real time friends and family, who won’t hesitate to blow the whistle.
That is the supreme comfort.