Visions, Anybody?

I heard this conversation once at the start of 2012 (note: their names are aliased)-

new year

Imagine a year without any goal of yours and, just like Glenn, would have to stare blankly and just sighs. Well, in a way, Mark was correct to ask if Glenn is sick. Because it’s really being sick if one is empty of plans or goals for a year. There’s got to be a plan for a year, if not, a month, and if not, even in days or weeks. I wonder how people see life through their plans and goals. Interesting.

The beauty of having New Year’s resolutions is that “I want to feel better” or “I want my days to be meaningful”. Yes, again it is a search for meaning in life. But it all starts with simple things, such as listing our resolutions. We may start listing realizable resolutions in three items. Then, if we are able to do more, we can list about four to seven to ten things we can do. Making our 2013 right for us starts on what we want to become with ourselves.

Then, of course, plan of action. Well, resolutions such as “I want to save the world” or “I want to help alleviate poverty” really sound too general and might get loose of their plan of action because of their overwhelming premises. One may start with a long-term goal, but it starts with simple things. A resolution like “I want to finish my studies” would require  less unnecessary watching of TV, less games or Facebook or Twitter, read related literature in advance, create study groups, etc. Doing these will get you there without you knowing it.

So what do we value here? Every human person has a vision. I have a vision. You have a vision. We all have a vision. In our vision, we are part of being something better and more than what we were. We can imagine a lot of things, and if we keep on repeating them, they just become real. Well, we hope it’s for everyone’s better.

Picture this great visionary: When he was a child, he got lost from his parents. After some days of searching, he was found in a temple, sitting with other teachers. He was found to be asking them questions and learning from them. Perhaps, in the hidden aspects of his life, he might have thought, “Someday, I got to be like the teachers!” He grew some years then, and when the time came for him to share the good news with his neighbors, he said:

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19)

And his plan of action? Proclaiming and teaching about God’s Kingdom.

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13 thoughts on “Visions, Anybody?

  1. I agree with this article. Our visions makes our life full of hopes and meaningful and because of that we are taking the paths that we work hard for. Thank you for this wonderful message. I appreciate it. God Bless

  2. We cannot change the fact that there are people who don’t care about the present and the future; because they too are still living in the past but having resolutions or plans for the next day, next week, and next month or even for the entire year you wanted to improve is very admirable and commendable for one really wanted to divert oneself for good. We all have visions. All we just need to do is visualize now our future and who knows, we’re already on it. Happy New year!

  3. If we want a positive and a frutful year we should first set our own plans or goals. Having a plan or goal in life will make us complete. It will serve as our guide to fulfill the things that we want and for our own future to build or to have. It is a good article, it can help people who needs guidance.

  4. If we want a positive and a fruitful year we should first set our own plans or goals. Having a plan or goal in life will make us complete. It will serve as our guide to fulfill the things that we want and for our own future to build or to have. It is a good article, it can help people who needs guidance.

  5. Thank you very much for this article. It answered some of the questions that are in my mind about New Year’s resolution. Some say that it is better to act rather than list your New Year’s resolution. It made me realized that New Year’s resolution are really important. They are like dreams that are needed to be achieved through a step by step manner. Listing the things that you want to change or make better is one of the steps in fulfilling your dreams/goals. Even Jesus himself have his own. Again thank you very much and God Bless.

  6. This article really got my attention, because its about new year’s resolution. every year I made my new year’s resolution but this year is different, i grew tired of listing my new year’s resolution because at the end of it i always break all the promises I made. Now by reading this article I was reminded how important your goals are, your own vision. I admit that certain problems push me to stop believing in promises and goals but honestly, this article helped me to gain back my faith, To hope for the better. 🙂

  7. We cannot change the fact that there are people who don’t care about the present and the future; because they too are still living in the past but having resolutions or plans for the next day, next week, and next month or even for the entire year you wanted to improve is very admirable and commendable for one really wanted to divert oneself for good. We all have visions. All we just need to do is visualize now our future and who knows, we’re already on it. Happy New year!

  8. Having a new year’s resolution is a very good beginning for everyone for this new year. Through this, we can be able to start or to plan what changes we are going to take. We can have our inspiration to start our new year happily and with self-confidence. And that’s all. Hoping for a successful year for everyone. God bless. 

  9. We cannot change the fact that there are people who don’t care about the present and the future; because they too are still living in the past but having resolutions or plans for the next day, next week, and next month or even for the entire year you wanted to improve is very admirable and commendable for one really wanted to divert oneself for good. We all have visions. All we just need to do is visualize now our future and who knows, we’re already on it. God bless and Happy New year!

  10. Hey… That’s me! 🙂 Kidding.

    Visions, dreams or goals do keep our lives more meaningful as wells as challenging and it gives us the need to really seek out who we really are and what we really wanted to achieve. But many of us do lack the initiative to pursue these things and most of the time our visions remained to be just “visions” throughout the whole year. Your post reminded me to really seek out what will inspire me/us and to always ask for His guidance and grace. Have a fruitful New Year! 🙂

  11. Having a goal is what life is all about. It will help us to achieve our most desired things in life and give us contentment. To set a goal you must first think of what you truly wants, that is why having a New Year’s Resolution is a good thing because it gives us the determination we need to pursue harder in attaining that goal. It can start as a simple New Year’s Resolution, something that is easy and attainable then after completing it you can set a much harder goal so that we become a stronger goal-settler. If you don’t have any visions or goals; your life is said to be meaningless. So let us all start our New Year with hopes and dreams 😀

  12. New Year’s resolutions are normal to everyone. Having resolutions and plans in life are important because they give direction to our lives. They guide us to achieve satisfaction and happiness.. Resolutions do not have to be something big, everyone can start with simple and easy resolutions that they can surely achieve throughout the year. It is better if each one of us has resolutions especially during new year to start the year meaningfully. Resolutions are even better if they are for the good and for the benefit of other people.

  13. Truly this kind of writing inspires me on living my life right. It pertains to simple actions but will bring a huge change in life if we make it.. I agree that we should all have visions in life for the betterment of ourselves..After making plans we should do the action.. I like how the story shows the reality in our world. Thank you for enlightening our minds about the essence of having New Year’s resolution. A life changing story.. God bless to all!

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