Clarity is…. vision
When I post on social media, it’s usually along with an image of what I ‘see’, rather than asking you to see me. That’s true of when I was in school for mass media and I loved being behind a camera. That’s true in the field of psychology, when I wanted students to ‘see’ what I saw by self-reflection and discovery, rather than memorization and being told what was important. That is certainly true of coaching, where a client ‘leads the way’ with me as their guide.
Vision is our lens on the outer world. It’s a matter of perception and the sensation that aligns itself with our worldview that matters. We will never fully embrace what others want us to see. Every set of eyes sees a different shade of the same apple, for example. The same is true for our worldview. Our eyes can see a single candle glow from 30 miles away. We just never think to try, unless we have to. But we can.
Humans of New York is not about the author. It’s about the subject, the view of the world according to the collective. A better way to be, in my opinion.
No matter how much blustering, or name calling, or shouting that happens, we will never grasp the deeply personal internal process of owning our view of the world without also owning our personal attachment to that vision. That’s a matter of fact and science mixed with the miracle that is being human.
Lately, we’ve all been subjected to wide spread radical pushing against our beliefs. Some push back. Some walk away. Some ‘unfriend’ while others still, take that opinion-passion to the next level in one way or another.
Everything is a choice in a free world. Each choice has consequences. We have the ability to share those consequences with others in good ways, or in bad ways. We have the ability, as a human being with a worldview to see beyond ourselves toward what is also best for our society and culture. But what is best? That’s where our vision of our own value and contribution to the world fits in.
The art of living well is truly, seeing what we want clearly, then creating that dream into a reality. Easier said than done sometimes. When we clearly see how we view the world, address those limitations with the same tender loving care, that we do the strengths, then the limitations can become strengths.
Oscar Wilde said, “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people just exist.”
Having a vision of who we are, what we want, what we will allow, and where we want to be in relation to all other things, is clarity. Don’t be afraid of what we don’t like, and don’t be afraid of what we don’t have. It’s not settling. It’s adjusting the sails to create the vision of what we do want.
About the Author: Karen Henry Daly is a positive psychology practitioner, blogger, author and speaker. She is a coach/consultant who writes both fiction and non-fiction about loving one’s best life, thriving, recovery and post traumatic thriving. www.positiveaging.coach “We’re ALL aging! If we’re lucky”.