Visions and Realities

I like these definitions of “vision”:

Unusual competence in discernment or perception…

the manner in which one sees or conceives of something…

a mental image produced by the imagination…

the mystical experience of seeing as if with the eyes the supernatural or a supernatural being…

person or thing of extraordinary beauty...

Definition of "vision" for Reverie of a Picture Book

On the other hand, and not in a bad way, per se, “reality” is defined as the quality or state of being actual or true…the totality of all things possessing actuality, existence, or essence..that which exists objectively and in fact.

Reality definition for Reverie of a Picture Book

A vision is something that perhaps is only seen in the mind’s eye, not by everyone, yet. A reality can sometimes be the opposite, but again, not necessarily negative.

So, one of my favorite quotations about visions comes from Biblical Literature. “…Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay.”

One of my complex visions of past was to write the novel of my heart and mind, the novel that simmered and stewed for too long, burdened and slowed down from too many life interruptions. Guess what? It’s done. Finished. Complete. All 180 pages. After six years, Streams of Silk is (almost? maybe? is it ever…?) ready to find the right agent or publisher. A few words each day, making the most of the days when we can write more…

Streams of Silk for Reverie of a Picture Book

One of my seemingly more simple visions of past has been to create my mind’s eye of how my unpublished picture book manuscripts appear. Except, I’m not an illustrator. It doesn’t matter how the definition of “vision” appears; submitting amateur illustrations remains forbidden.

Hidden Tree for Reverie of a Picture Book

Guess what, I illustrated it anyway. Not to submit, but to get these pictures out of my mind, to go with the story, for now. I did what I could. I put them together as collage. Certainly a work in progress, but it fills me with joy nonetheless. As a further result, the story itself became better when I completed my version of an expanded “dummy” (the layout of picture book text). I deleted a few unnecessary words to the text, and I increased my confidence in the story itself.

The Appointed TIME for Our Visions: Where, however, do we find the time for living out our visions, the ones not completed, that have yet to be find their “appointed time”, as the quotation suggests?  Like a dog and his toy, responsibilities of reality tug and pull.

Kitchen Timer for Reverie of a Picture Book

I read THIS inspirational “simple” advice. In the midst of serving my family, the middle of toys, dirty dishes, laundry and reading to my daughter, the advice just needs to be applied…

Regardless of the differences between the visions and dreams of others and myself, we are all looking for the time needed for both–

Visions and Realities for Reverie of a Picture Book

This drawing by my two-year-old inspires me. The blog, Artful Parent, suggested the vibrant Slick Stix. Is my daughter finding out what the crayons do, or is she replicating a “vision” in her mind’s eye? Who am I to decide?

What are your favorite ways to make “time”?



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