Someone inserted a piece of glass in a metal tube, turned it towards the stars, and saw a panorama that no one on earth had ever seen before. This was a demonstration of vision in both senses of the word.
When you talk about vision, it often seems so grandiose and pretentious. We think about our mission and create vision statements. The really clever people go deeper into values and principles. It’s a fascinating realm to explore and can offer you much enlightenment.
However, I do think that sometimes we overthink the process. What we really want to know, what we are ultimately searching for, is how all this applies to life. Our life. How we can live a life of meaning.
Allow me to suggest a more practical application for all this...
You need a reason to want to pull the covers off the bed in the morning. Something bigger than the fact that Gaga is doing a concert in your town that evening, the new season of NARCOS is coming out on Netflix, or it’s release day for a new Steven Pressfield book. (Not throwing shade on those these, as any one of them would help me wake up happier.)
Things like that provide enjoyment and we look forward to them with excitement. But I watched the entire season of NARCOS Mexico the week it came out. What’s going to hold me over until the next season of Altered Carbon or Game of Thrones becomes available?
We need more than enjoyment, distraction, and entertainment.
We need something bigger than ourselves to be a part of. The truth is, the vast majority of people are bored AF with their lives. That’s why they become seekers. It’s why they join religions and cults (although there isn’t much of a distinction between them), and gangs. First, there is a sense of identity. But more intoxicating, is the esoteric possibility of a purpose to pursue, and a meaning to uncover.
This ultimately leads to a trifurcation of three possible paths. And that’s where we’ll pick up on the next post.
Until then, any thoughts?