Years ago I ran across a video of a well known inspirational speaker, Iylana Vanzant, speaking to a group of women at a women’s conference in New York City sometime in 2007 Vanzant’s video entitled “Check Your Vision” has resonated with me. Some of the thought-provoking truths have made me look at the way I view people, relationships,and world events.
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If you have taken the time to view this video thanks. I hope you find it empowering and insightful. In this busy world, crowded with voices from various sources, it’s not easy to take the time to self-reflect or meditate. Some may not think self-reflection is needed. We’re living in times many believe life is about doing things as we desire. Well, there is truth in this type of thinking to a certain degree and if life was only about you. We’re not an island to ourselves. The choices we make have ramifications. In addition, the consequences of our choices affect not only us but others.
The process of self-reflection is not easy. Besides, looking inward, it hard to see truth. At times, reality isn’t digested easily. Time is needed sometimes to swallow the truth. Some may justify their reasons to shun truth. Therefore, in regards to dealing with the matters of the heart- we may choose to leave this undone. But, change is something we all desire when change is beneficial. But, even when change seems impossible or difficult, we fail to realize, change is needed and obtainable. The reason change is obtainable- the solution to what we desire for ourselves or others is sometimes simple as changing our perspectives.
My attempt is to embrace an understanding of different cultural, political, social, and religious perspectives in efforts to understand the belief system and values of others. While some philosophies I might not embrace, I respect others have the right to be different or see life from their perspective. Vanzant delivers a message that is poignant for times like this because oftentimes it is differences we fear.
I don’t know about you, but my desire is to not have my “eyes adjust to the level of its deficiency”. I desire a broader view-to gain a deeper understanding of life complexities. The reason is because I do not want to limit my focus to understanding only the things I’m familiar.
Let’s live our truth. Why limit our perspective? For this reason, I’ll not only have an exam annually but periodically check and assess my vision. What about you?
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