Everyone has a picture in their mind when I say home. It may be the place you live now, the place you grew up or the place you long to own one day. For some people, that is a cabin in the mountains, for others a Brownstone in Manhattan. What the ideal picture is to you is much less relevant than the fact that you have an idea. If you have no idea what home looks like, how will you know when you get there? The very same is true of your life’s destiny. If you do not know what it will look like, will it not be hard to find?
Why – The canvass
Everyone possesses unique motivations and priorities. Together these form the WHY behind everything you do. You need to explore and declare those priorities in order to establish them as your own. What really motivates you? What is your passion? What drives you to do what you do? To do anything? Are you motivated by a better job, a bigger house, a newer car, a better circle of friends? What’s more important to you, where your kids go to school or the size of the town you live in?
Core values – The frame
Core values serve as a lighthouse when the fog and darkness of life seem to leave you wandering in circles. When you encounter that moment where every decision is a tough one and no choice seems to clearly be the better choice. Core values serve to draw you back to your center and help you decide right from wrong.
Paint the picture
Using those two elements you will sketch and then paint a mental picture of a bright and hope filled future. The canvas will be your why, the frame will be your core values, the master piece will be your vision! The layers of pigment, the tones and hues of color and the characters that come to life will be your own. Each brush stroke a goal you have accomplished. Each touch of the palette another habit you have brought into submission to that vision.
You may recognize these lines from a country song, but they illustrate a vision so well, I think they will help you in developing yours.
Could you Paint Me A Birmingham
Make it look just the way I planned
A little house on the edge of town
Porch goin’ all the way around
Put her there in the front yard swing
Cotton dress make it, early spring
For a while she’ll be, mine again
If you can Paint Me A Birmingham
He looked at me, with knowing eyes
Then took a canvas from a bag there by his side
Picked up a brush, and said to me
Son just where in this picture would you like to be
I said if there’s any way you can
Could you paint me back into her arms again.
Paint Me a Birmingham, by Tracy Lawrence
Are you ready to possess a master piece? Ready to live a life that is worthy of who you were made to be? You will likely shed a few tears, tears of joy, tears of pain, tears of revelation. You might scream out loud and laugh out loud. You might even stomp your feet, shake your fist or pound the air. That’s OK!
You might just run out and hug a stranger, love an enemy and sing like never before.
One more step to your creating your vision… check back tomorrow.