What You Can’t See Will Hurt You

It was a sunny morning out in the yard. I was a boy doing what boys my age were fond of. Tinkering with my toys and tools. Then out of nowhere, a loud thud startled me out of my adventure. Heart pounding, I looked around for the offending culprit.

There it lay! Twitching, bleeding and feathery warm. A pigeon had flown into the window of our Volkswagen Kombi van window. I picked it up hoping that the bird was just stunned. After a few more twitches, it went limp. And I was sad.

This tragedy could have been avoided if it had only flown five inches higher. The pigeon could see, but it lacked the knowledge of the foreign obstacle. Just because it didn’t see the glass didn’t mean that there was a clear flight path.

What does this poor bird remind me of my vision? I need to jealously protect my vision by fully appreciating my surroundings. I do not want my vision to hemorrhage to death. Not protecting it will cause me a lot of hurt. May I propose that not protecting my vision is just as detrimental as not having one in the first place.

I experienced two critical lessons from the poor bird:

1. Face possible ruin. Not having a vision will strip the dignity off the purpose of my life. I guess the pigeon was going about its daily grind. But it chose the wrong flight path. My challenge to you is carefully consider the direction your vision will take you. As you do that, identify credible people who are passionate about your growth to support you. Remember no person is an island. Grow with people and you will build your legacy.

Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!” ~Bob Marley

2. Unravel the best plans. As it was mid-morning, the pigeon must have had plans to look for food. It could have also been on its way to find some dry grass to layer its nest. However, any plans for that day [and the future] came to an abrupt end. You need to anticipate the risks associated with your vision. If you don’t, you will soon find yourself in very hostile waters.

Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~C.G. Jung

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Certified Professional Coach, Communication Specialist & Author

I help motivated but overwhelmed individuals and organizations regain their purpose to lead so they can focus on what matters most to build a transformational legacy.