The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision." -Helen Keller
There was once a young child who lived his life day in and day out without a care in the world. When starting school, the teachers immediately caught onto the fact that he needed corrective lenses since he could not see the white board. On the first day he put on his glasses for the first time and went outside, he cried. His mother asked him what was wrong and he told her that he never realized trees had individual leaves. He always thought they were a glob of color. There was nothing more beautiful than that first realization.
There was once a young woman who lived her life day in and day out with too many cares in the world. When entering college, her friends immediately caught onto the fact that she needed to be empowered since she had low self-esteem and could not see the beauty she possessed. On the first day of her intervention, her friends filled her mind with beautiful things about her, she cried. Her friends asked her what was wrong and she told them that she never realized how blind she had been to who she was as a person. She had always thought negatively about herself. There was nothing more beautiful than that first realization.
There was once a staff who lived their lives day in and day out without a care in the world. When starting the new school year, a new professional in the department immediately caught onto the fact that the department had not been living up to their full potential since they could not see other departments from other institutions. On the first day of training, the new professional laid out the plan for how to revolutionize the department. The staff gave a standing ovation and he asked what was going on. The staff told him they had never thought they would see changes like this happen within their lifetime, they had always thought the department would never change. There was nothing more beautiful than that first realization.
It is amazing that we sometimes don't see what is right in front of our noses. We may have seen the same thing day in and day out and never considered how it could be perfected or how it may be something completely different than what it really originally looked like. The above three stories are all true. Some have happened in my lifetime, some are my lifetime, and some happened before I was even an idea. Sometimes it takes someone from the outside or someone with a vision to change the status quo and make something truly remarkable.
When looking at the strengths quest personality assessment test, my top two strengths are futuristic and maximizer. This means that I can see the potential is something before anyone else can and take a good concept and turn it into a great concept. It's kind of a "superpower" of mine. Not many people are able to paint a detailed picture of how a project should go or how to live up to their full potential, but that doesn't mean that it's not there. It simply means you have to train yourself to see what others do not. There is a reason why I choose the Disney quote to always be at the top of my blog page. Some see things as an impossible task, some are unable to see the world around them, some have convinced themselves of a lie and some are too close to the project in order to see the full potential, but all of this can change. If you are able to give yourself the right angle of reference and a good vision, nothing is impossible and it is your job to bring a little more of that magic into the world. There is nothing more beautiful than that first realization.
Question time: What is something you are not happy with that can be changed for the better? How do you change it?