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The Importance of a Vision

By Guadalupe Guajardo, SNJM

The need for a vision is so essential that even the sacred scriptures tell us, “Where there is no vision the people perish” (Proverbs 29:18). In addition, many fields of study share this concept in their own words. Those in the field of metaphysics say, “You can only materialize what you can visualize.” Even the field of Community Based Organizing embraces this idea with the phrase, “You can only organize what you can imagine.”

How do we respond to a vision? One way is practicing the Law of Deliberate Creation. Our hearts yearn to go forward into a better future. It’s hard to image that we could create a better future in light of the magnificent accomplishments of our congregation in the past, yet it is certainly possible. Our 12 foundresses expected nothing less of us: to go towards a better future.

Futurists tell us that there is not just one future but “futures.” Through the practice of the Law of Deliberate Creation, we are to explore what is possible in this world. Given current realities, what is most probable when we factor in our environment? And most of all, what is preferable?

A vision begins with a dream. Daydreaming is something familiar to us all. It is something we do effortlessly. Why? Because our minds go naturally to that which is pleasant as well as hopeful.

We need not be held back by our size or age for we are abundant in passion for human liberation and education. Skills, expertise and knowledge are not lacking. We also have resources to harness. Perhaps all it takes is undergoing some wild, out-of-the-box thinking. Sometimes the answers are found between current realities – with all their limitations – and outrageous limitless imaginings.

We want a world where the environment can provide fresh drinking water for everyone.

We want a world where no one goes hungry.

We want a world where girls and women are safe to lead robust, fulfilled lives.

We want a world without the hardship of war.

In the science of organizational development, assessment begins with a thorough review of an organization’s purpose. Our purpose comes from the Gospel: To free all human beings through the act of loving one another. These are our marching orders. The words of our charism, stating we are “committed to the full development of the human person,” say it all.

In addition, we have our 34th General Chapter Acts to inspire and guide us. Most recently, we have a corporate stand on Immigration and Refugees before us to study and act upon.

Let’s go forward. Our vision is calling.

In the photo: Guadalupe Guajardo, SNJM