Writer’s Name: Nanette Buchanan
Title: Dreams, Vision, & Reality
Vision defined is the ability to see, the mental picture, an image, something seen in a dream or a trance; this is the definition according to the Encarta Dictionary. While the definition of eyesight holds only one definition, the ability to see. Although the words seem to take on the same level of understanding they are quite different.
Vision, a visual perception defines more. That which is beyond one’s ability to see, becomes our mental picture and is often fabricated; seen in the subconscious, while sleeping, daydreaming, or what we imagine can and should be. One’s eyesight covers only the distance that their eyes can see clearly. Their eyesight or vision is described as farsighted (the ability to see distant objects better than nearby ones) or nearsighted (the ability to see nearby objects better than distant ones).
However, I’d like to discuss these words and how their usage can change one’s life. As a child I can remember being asked by several adults, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” The same question was asked throughout my school years. The older I got I began to have a vision of my future. Academically, in sporting events, and socially I set goals, and limits to fulfill my vision, my dreams. Each goal had its own levels to be fulfilled.
Academically I set my eyesight on obtaining a diploma, awards, and recognition. Once achieved, I had tangible items to remind me that my efforts were rewarded; it was a lesson taught and learned. I was inspired and ready to direct my attention on new heights. This method of dreaming, having a vision, setting my eyesight on new goals became an internal hunger. I would challenge myself visualizing more than my eyes could see, while working to bring my dreams to reality.
Over the years I have used this method to keep me inspired. My dreams, my vision, my mental picture of success became my goal. In setting my eyesight on accomplishing that goal, I must bring myself to understand that I can only achieve it by planning a course of action and remaining focused as I take on each required element.
Everyone has dreams and aspirations, however it is not in the vision that you will find the strength to press on. You must connect the reality of accomplishing your goal. If it is graduating you may have a vision of the actual ceremony. If it is a new job, a marriage or something as simple as pleasing family or friends, the vision must become a mental picture. Once you see it you can see yourself receiving the benefits of having it. This becomes difficult for those who live a life of lost dreams. Unable to reach their goals due to circumstances beyond their control often becomes the vision and their eyesight, blinded by failure.
A child that is living in a dysfunctional home or has learning disabilities, and other limitations needs more than the vision or the eyesight. They may need an outside source, a mentor, a friend, to point out their qualities, give them a reason to dream and set their sights on more than what they see and live with daily. To see them achieve, rising above the expectations of most, often becomes the vision of those who stand behind them.
Dreams and visions are still a part of my life as I’ve never stopped setting my eyesight on goals in the different facets of my life. My accomplishments have surpassed many of those visions I’ve had. I no longer hesitate or question the possibilities as I set new goals and remain focused on achievement. My dreams continue to challenge my efforts and when I find myself avoiding the task I re-focus. My eyesight is accompanied by the lessons I have learned. Rushing to fulfill my dreams often causes me to be farsighted overlooking that which is in my reach. So I take my time, set my sights, and visualize fulfilling my dreams.