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.