Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vision Statement


Visions come and go.  They arrive from an enthusiastic collision of random stimuli, which merge to form something quite other, the sum being significantly greater than the component parts.  Visions also slink into the shadowy land from which ideals emerge to tantalize with their seemingly unrealizable clarity, where their true shape depends more on who sees it than what it in essence is.

Because of MBA Program endorsements, large organizations and in utero start-up ventures embrace vision statements with fervor, stressing the need to articulate their purpose.  These vision statements become the guiding force of how the entity thinks of itself and how it works.  You could, accordingly, say a worker bee's vision statement is to gather enormous quantities of nectar; a female mosquito's   vision statement to attack as many bare arms as possible.

Although many individuals have some pattern of goals, others lack a more articulated plan.  When you think about it, you have several goals, all linked to whatever writing project is before you on the note pad or the screen,  Whatever the immediate venture, your vision plan includes completing the instant work to the optimal shape possible for you, then pausing to consider potential results, desired results.  Then you thrust into the next, thinking as you do of a short story Rachel, your mentor wrote, entitled "The Next, The New, The Promised."

There is no time line or cut-off point at which juncture you will suddenly quit; part of your vision statement includes breathing your last while scribbling away on a pad or punching up some sentence onto the screen.  Your vision statement includes doing this, writing furiously, writing like hell, using all available resources and, should those be insufficient, Googling (nice verb, that) forth new ones.

It is comforting to see this as your vision statement, even more so when you are able to see it in practice, watch it at work, more or less like looking over your own shoulder, chiding the writing you for an unnecessary adverb.

Thus:  To write like hell, enjoying every heavenly word and moment of it.

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