Don’t let your anticipation of the future rob the value that exists in the present

April 19, 2017


Ironically, having a vision can actually be a poison to the present.

Every powerful thing has two sides. One is the value it provides; the other is when it goes too far and becomes a weakness or an obstacle. For example, a vision for the future is a great thing until it blurs the value and possibility of what’s in the present. It can make all things in front of you seem meaningless or irrelevant. The result is people and things become nothing more than a way to get what you want, and you begin the process of using people rather than loving and caring for them in ways that matter. In almost every successful visionary’s life, you’ll find a common theme: “I was so wrapped up in my future, I missed the relationships that mattered most. That was my life’s biggest failure and all the money in the world can’t buy back what was lost.” Quotes like this are infused in just about every biography ever written. Unfortunately, it’s usually the family that pays the price. Somehow in the trance and execution of the vision, life balance gets shelved and having a life where all things are maturing and in good health seems impossible. The result is usually that one area is growing full-steam ahead, while the others become collateral damage. The idea that all things in your life can grow at the same time with no one thing spiking at the expense of the others is possible if you’re willing to view balanced growth as life’s biggest success, even more specifically, if you view it as your vision. 

Consider the concept of “all things growing’ in your life today.