Self-Care Challenge (Day 194): Envisioning

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On day 194 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I spent some time envisioning.

As I slowly opened my eyes yesterday morning, images from my vision board began flashing through my head. I’ve looked at it so many times this year that it’s become permanently imprinted in my mind.

I smiled as I imagined that I was already living among the pictures, surrounded by my dreams for the future. But, if I’m being honest with myself, I’m already living several of the images in one way or another. That realization not only makes me feel grateful, but it also gives me hope that if I’ve come this far, perhaps I can keep moving forward.

Images are powerful motivators. They keep us focused on what’s most important to us, helping us prioritize our tasks and use our time more efficiently.

Vision boards are, in many ways, a reflection of our soul. They are a manifestation of who we are and who we are meant to become. They are a collection of our heart’s desires and our life’s aspirations. And if we look closely enough, we may just discover our purpose.

When I created my first vision board many years ago, it looked quite a bit different than it does today. It seems that as we move through life’s stages we desire different things – a first home, a family, a promising career. And what we perceive as limitations changes too. Our dreams may expand or contract depending on how our life has played out. When we experience heartbreaks and disappointment, we may not dream as boldly as if things are going well.

But what’s most telling about the process of creating a vision board is that, even through life’s rough patches, most people are still able to dream about a brighter future.

Having been a part of many different wellness programs over the years, I’ve helped a number of clients piece together a vision board, and I’m always intrigued by the diversity I see. Some boards are filled with fitness-related images; others are laden with healthy foods or culinary art. And some depict calm, soothing images of the beach or a quiet lake surrounded by mountains, while others focus on competitive activities.

It seems that our soul knows exactly what it wants…we just don’t always take the time to listen.

Seeing these images laid out before us can be shocking, especially for those who are creating their first vision board. You may be surprised to learn that your life isn’t aligned with your vision at all.

Each year, I create a new vision board. Sometimes I add to it throughout the year if I happen to run across something that strikes me, but for the most part these images have remained unchanged. On the days that I need to be reminded of why I’m working so hard in certain areas of my life (or when I simply need to smile through tough times), taking a peek at these images always seems to lift my spirits.

What’s on your vision board?

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