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Vision is about the future; and the future is about vision. Vision is a picture of a preferred future; it is seeing the future before it becomes a reality. We must, therefore, learn how to establish individual, family, community and national visions. Developing vision comes when we begin to think carefully about the future in terms of our lives, families, society and the nation. We must not allow the past to control our present. When we allow the past to control us, life becomes just a maintenance routine. With time we usually develop a sense of our own personal, family or national history. Somehow failures can be forgotten as time goes by, and success becomes enshrined in our culture and traditions.


We should always remember the past in order to gain strength and encouragement. However, to be controlled by the past is destructive and hinders progress. We will always fall into the maintenance trap when our sense of the past overpowers our commitment to the future. To be effective in our homes and in our communities we must allow vision to become our perspective in all our present operations and activities. But unfortunately the future is usually like a hurricane; disruptive, unsettling, demanding and sometimes even frightening because it stands in judgement over our past and only tolerates our present patiently. While drawing wisdom from the past and managing carefully our present, we must order our priorities in terms of what can be, rather than what was or is.


Since dreams are accomplished in time, it is imperative that we learn how to effectively manage the time God has given us. In order to manage time, we must start by finding out where our time actually goes, and then cut away all the unproductive demands so that we can consolidate our discretionary time into possible continuing units. Systematic time management is one of the powerful ingredients in achieving our dreams.

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