"Where there is no vision, the people shall perish" - proverbs 29:18. Fresh fruits and vegetables are perishable items. They are likely to decay or go bad quickly because they have a limited shelf life. We are perishables too! Our relationships, our homes, our careers have a limited life shelf unless we do like our fore bearers and learn the skills necessary to preserve the fruits (ie: time, health, finances, relationships) we have.
More than the decaying of our physical selves,lack of vision for our relationships, activities, health and so forth expedites this fact. We can kick and scream all we want; walking around aimlessly doesn’t yield much results. Surrounding ourselves with affirmations doesn't achieve results. "Being Intentional " as Lucinda Cross has drilled in my head lately is what moves us from point A to point B. How many do you know have achieved successes without a map? Even those who were redirected from their initial route, were focused on a plan. You need vision!
"What if I don't know what to "vision" so I don't perish?" I hear you asking. I've been there and in some instances am still there... lol. The first thing to do is to not complicate it. Every one wasn't sent to save the world. Bill Gates, Shonda Rhimes, Barack Obama did not wake up with plans to have the level of influence they have now. (One is a high school drop out for goodness sake). Each of them however were motivated to extend their "shelf life." All things always start with self. Remember building begins with the tools you have. Shonda Rhimes wanted to be the next big author not the most talked about tv writer, business owner and creator of Shonda Land. With her degree she pursued "in the meantime" employment which lead her to become one of the greatest "in the meantime" employers. Start with you!!! Okay???
Just as in building you need tools such as a hammer, nails, glue gun, wood, metals, etc... An architect will let you know the layout/vision was created before the building started.
Wherever you see building know a vision has been activated!!! Of course, I can no longer mention vision and activated in a same sentence without thinking of Miss Activate herself, the vision board-ish queen, friend in my head, Lucinda Cross. She doesn’t come in your life or circle to help create vision boards. She comes to increase your shelf life!! The gems she shares help you evaluate and become intentional on raising the preserving qualities of friendships, families, finances, fun and faith. She helps you identify the perishables and triggers the thought process on what needs to be canned and/or frozen to enhance your living. Spending time with this activating queen reminds you activating your Faith is one of those major keys in our lives..
Perishables are attractive for a quick second. But, the minute you think your fruit/vegetable is going bad your response is abort, trash, discard!!! Be honest, the minute you smell the sourness of a pineapple or see the dents and brown spots in apples, you no longer want it. It is the same reaction we have in relationships, careers and fitness just to name a few. "He doesn't court me anymore", "She doesn't dress up for me anymore", "I'm too tired today.", "This sale won't come again." Whatever narrative we are telling ourselves to avoid having vision... to avoid having a game plan... to avoid being intentional with the people in our lives as we are with the products in our lives, decide to stop. Be firm and acknowledge Perishables can be preserved. Fruits and vegetables have their process, vision is yours. Have a vision in faith for your life, your relationships, your finances and even your fun