Merriam-Websters' first definition of vision is "the act or power of seeing : SIGHT." I love this definition because it reminds me that my own action determines what I see, that I have the power to look at the positive. I can watch the news or I can watch the bears and bobcats. Both are around me; I choose which one I look at, and in choosing, I determine how I think and what I feel. The word "sight" humbles me deeply because I am so grateful that I can see at all. I got cataracts in my 30s. I remember sitting at a stop light unable to see if it was green or red and realizing how rich my life was because I could see. The doctors had no idea what caused the cataracts and weren't sure they could fix them so every day I do get to see is a beautiful day!
Isn't it wonderful that we can see? Isn't it wonderful that we have the power to act and control what we look at?
Vision is also defined as "the special sense by which the qualities of an object (such as color, luminosity, shape, and size) constituting its appearance are perceived through a process in which light rays entering the eye are transformed by the retina into electrical signals that are transmitted to the brain via the optic nerve." I like the scientific explanation of the process of seeing, but then I really like the admission that vision is a "special sense" that can't really be explained! That's exactly what most things are, half special sense half scientific process!
My first year of teaching in a tiny rural town, my creative writing students won every single award at the regional contest. It was the first time that school had ever won any writing awards, let alone all of them so when my principal asked what I'd done to make that happen, I said, "Magic." That's kind of like vision. There's a scientific process your eyes go through, but the real action of seeing is a special sense that's pretty much magic. Educators have this special sense of seeing the best in students and other educators, we have a process for letting light in just like our eyes do! Let's use our times together to let in light--for our own vision and the vision of others.
The third definition of vision is in some ways my favorite--something seen in a dream, trance, or ecstasy especially : a supernatural appearance that conveys a revelation. Education is definitely supernatural and revelatory, we've had those times in our classrooms, and won't it be grand when every single DKG meeting holds such power?! We'll have members filling the hallways, pushing to get in when we harness that kind of supernatural vision!
As we enjoy this colorful season, I invite you to join me in aligning your vision with the beauty of fall, the hope of DKG, and the glory of Colorado State as we move forward promoting praise and possibility!