Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. Jonathan Swift
The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision. Helen Keller
Clear vision implies we can see where we are going. It also means there is a sense of where we are going. Seeing clearly means our eyes and mind are focused on our destination or at least the direction we are headed. The clearer our vision, the less likely we are to get distracted, lose our sense of direction or forget our destination. Having clear vision is dependent on both our eyes and our minds working properly and in harmony.
Poor vision means we cannot see correctly. Corrective procedures provide us with improved vision. Eyes are amazing and complex organs allowing us to see the physical world. The blind are unable to physically see and depend upon other senses to take the place of their eyes. Many of us have various vision problems. Depending upon the nature of our problem; glasses, contacts, or corrective surgery can help us see more clearly. With clear vision we can see beautiful things, such as flowers, majestic mountains, beautiful sunsets or even an uplifting smile. Regrettably we will also see the bad and ugly such as poverty, cruelty and hopelessness.
What our eyes see is processed and interpreted by the brain. Beauty is said to be in the eyes of the beholder. What one sees as plain or uninspiring is wonderfully beautiful to another. A sunset can be ho-hum to one and overwhelm and inspire another. Attitude, experience, knowledge and other factors combine to form the basis of how our minds process and interpret what we see. Senses provide information to our minds. How we handle and process this information determines the basis of beauty, ugliness, even happiness or unhappiness.
Our eyes are only part of the process. How we see things is a function of how we decide to see. It is how we think. What makes us tick, how do we feel about life, do we have purpose or not, are we lovable, do we love; are all part of our ability to see. “Is the glass half empty or half full” has bearing on what we see. Many of us have vision issues that are not necessarily problems with our eyes. We may have mental health and well-being issues requiring corrective procedures. These issues may be distorting our vision. Clear vision depends on both our minds and our eyes working and functioning together and in a healthy manner.
Challenge: Do you ever take in beautiful sights or contemplate beautiful thoughts? Do you see life in black and white or is it full of wonderful colors? Are you always in a rush but not necessarily making any progress? How you respond may be an indication of how clearly you really see. You may have 20/20 vision in one sense of the word, but badly need of corrective procedures in other ways. Take the time to both see and smell the roses.
Wisdom: A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power. Brian Tracy
But may the righteous be glad and rejoice before God; may they be happy and joyful. Psalm 68:3
We live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Lamentations 3:25
Having a spirit of love within helps us to see life with clearer vision. Our ability to love is compromised by selfishness, greed, envy, self-doubt, various fears and a long list of issues that cause disharmony within. God is the source of love. When we have him in our hearts, guiding and coaching us, our vision problems will began to get better. God’s spirit within becomes the corrective procedure that corrects our vision. We will see clearly.
Prayer: Help me to see clearly. May your Spirit guide and direct me, correcting my vision day by day.