The Impact of a Vision

Vision

Last night I was very tired. Not just physically tired, but mentally exhausted, emotionally weary.

But I couldn’t sleep. For an hour, I tossed and turned, tortured by a haunting question:

 

Is It Worth Sticking With This?

For the first time in over 10 years the question hit me with force and persistence. I kept contrasting ‘what might have been’ with ‘what is’.

I could have chosen ease and comfort instead of struggle and frustration.

I could have been an adult heart surgeon instead of opting for the more demanding and delicate choice of treating sick children.

I could have joined the staff of a corporate hospital, enjoyed a steady and substantial paycheck, and made the occasional donation to charity. Instead I chose to try and build a structure that would be centered around charity and use creative ways to get funded.

I could have turned a blind eye to the financial problems faced by most families who had kids with heart defects and delivered my services to the 5% who could afford treatment. Instead I went about finding a solution, raising funds from various efforts.

I could have enjoyed a career built around academic achievement, professional recognition and surrounded by a network of peers who are admired and respected. Instead I opened myself to criticism and even ridicule by getting involved in online selling and writing ebooks.

I could have made stature and status my primary goals. Instead I answer questions that ask how I am different from the slew of scammers and con artists that rip off gullible victims on the Internet.

 

Suddenly, I’m tired of it all!

 

  • Tired that progress is so slow.
  • Tired of feeling like I’m always holding out a ‘begging bowl’ for contributions.
  • Tired of having to ‘defend’ what I’m doing – because it’s so counter-intuitive.
  • Tired of the risk that a decade’s hard work and goodwill could easily be destroyed – by gossip and innuendo.
  • Tired of being perceived as being ‘less of a doctor’ than someone who spends all day in a clinic or hospital.

After restlessly agonizing over these realizations, I must have dropped into a slumber.

When I awoke early this morning, the first words that came to mind were ones I had heard spoken by an accountant at a fundraising workshop for non-profits that I had attended a few years back.

He said:

“When I look at the rows and columns of figures on a spreadsheet, I do NOT see numbers… I see the faces of the children I am working to help!”

What a powerful vision! To see the purpose of your work in the day to day drudgery that makes a dream come true.

My sub-conscious must have dragged that vision statement out from the cob-webbed attic of my mind, presenting it as the inspiration and encouragement I needed to get up and going today – and for as many days as it takes to achieve my ambitious goals.

All of a sudden, I’m not so tired any more!
 What’s your vision?

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  • Jan 7,2008 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for the reminder to keep our core purpose at the forefront of our daily efforts. There are enough distractions, complications, and troubles in this life to derail any worthwhile venture. Sometimes we need to inspire ourselves to keep going with the beauty and power of our own original vision!

  • Money.Power.Wisdom
    Jan 7,2008 at 5:32 am

    Great point, Roger. It was a long time coming, though, and recent events were just the ‘last straw’!

    ‘Vision’ really helps inspire and persist. I love your purpose. My personal mantra is similar: “Be kind. Help others.”

    All success
    Dr.Mani

  • Jan 7,2008 at 4:03 am

    Isn’t it amazing that we focus on the one person who has something negative to say about us and forget about the other 99 who have been encouraging?

    Doing the right thing is not always easy. Achieving our goals can take time. You are unique, gifted and have a purpose. Don’t let anyone take that from you.

    I am glad you connected back with those things that inspire you.

    My purpose? To help people help others…

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