Faith without works is dead – The Bible, James 2:17
And so too is vision without action. It’s not enough to merely believe, daydream, meditate, make lists or vision boards, and I’m not criticising the value of any of those things, I do them all. But there has to come a point where you start to act as though you believe that the things you’re hoping and dreaming for, are going to happen. You have to push the doors and see if they open.
About 15 years ago I’d created a digital vision board containing all the things I hoped for, and used it as my desktop wallpaper for more than a year, so I saw it every day. One of the things I had on there was a photo of someone who looked like me from the back wearing a mortarboard and gown, at a graduation ceremony. I had been denied an education when I was young – I might go into this at another time – but it was painful, to say the least, and it made my adult life very difficult for a variety of reasons. I had tried in the past to get an education and was 3 years into an Open University degree when we adopted our daughter. With the sudden arrival of our daughter and having a highly active older son at home, I didn’t have the time to finish a cup of tea, let alone my degree. I dropped out in my third year, planning to take it up again once my daughter was in school. Life took an unexpected and painful turn with a flare in my wrists lasting 2 years, leaving my wrist joints fused into a solid lump, that would leave me unable to write by hand for anything more than the odd birthday card here and there due to the pain. My chances of completing a 3 hour written exam were nil. It looked like my dream had been snatched away.
Coming next: Keep believing and knock down the obstacles