As you know, the past three months have been a time for me where I have been thinking a lot about vision, dreams, goals and how we reach these goals. I have been contemplating enjoying the journey and not focusing so hard on the destination that you miss it. I have been taking regular ‘time out’ recently to enjoy the journey and those who have been placed on this journey with me. This is tough for me so is a real discipline I am working hard to develop.
As most of you know, I love my work. I mean, I absolutely live, breathe, dream, love love love it.
I love all things behaviour analysis and all things people. I love building a team, I love supporting a team. I love loving a team. I love seeing children, teens, adults and their families thrive. I love it all. So it is easy for me to miss the rest of the journey because, actually, although my incredible husband supports my love for NETwork, he isn’t in love with NETwork himself. It is not his calling. Although my babies adore the NETwork team, love our office and in their own way enjoy NETwork, it is not their own passion. It is tough for me to not take them swimming without trying out a ‘new intervention’, take data or check their development to add to my developmental assessment. Of course this isn’t a bad thing in itself, it is only bad when I don’t enjoy the moment for what that moment is. Does that make sense?
I realised recently that I was so caught up in the minutiae that my NETwork vision hasn’t expanded in such a long time because I have given it no ‘mind-space’ to grow. I get so carried away with running so fast, it would be extremely easy for me to not realise that I was running the wrong track! It is easy for me to ask Ludo to build another unit, shelf, extension, or whatever it is without me sitting back and seeing if that actually fits in with the eventual ‘vision’ and goal of our home. It is important to see if all of the individual visions of our family and NETwork team fit together: If they work. What I have discovered is that dreaming takes time. Vision development takes time.
The verdict: vision time for me every day (hopefully before the babes get up, rather than during their nap; vision time for Shelley and I; vision time for Ludo and I. Dreaming takes time. Vision takes time. It is so important to give that vision and dream the space it needs to be seeded and to grow as, if you don’t, you may end up living somebody else’s dream or end up at a destination you didn’t quite think through!
Christine Caine recently said: “God has given us the capacity to dream, the desire to live, and a divinely implanted sense of purpose, to enable us to fulfil our destiny”. I like that.