“Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift

I recall the quote by Jonathan Swift that “vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”

I think about having great vision for the beauty of this day (that so many things attempt to obscure). It’s invisible–the underlying joy, wonder, and peace here–so we use a different spiritual vision to experience it.

I think about having great vision for people who, on the surface, present hopelessness or despair.

I think about having great vision for not-yet writers. I think about all my new students who hold within them great, life-changing writing that we just cannot see yet.

What else sits here, invisible, but here? When I see disappointment, the visionary sees possibility. When I see an obstacle, the visionary sees it as a stepping stone. When I see everything going all wrong, the visionary sees everything going all right.

I want that vision that sees the invisible thing.

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3 thoughts on ““Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.” Jonathan Swift

  1. Great vision is different than big dreams.

    I think dreaming is more about hope, believing that things will come together.. But vision is seeing the opportunity, catching the light in someone's eyes, and looking at a tomorrow with new vigor

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