Arabella awakens suddenly, rudely dragged into consciousness by the harsh metallic greeting of her alarm or the piercing cry of her young child – she cannot remember which came first. It is dark outside and freezing within.

On waking, Arabella’s head starts to fill with a familiar anxiety. The plumbing is broken, the stack of unpaid bills mocks her silently from the hall table and her unfaithful husband, now estranged, continues to make ludicrously unreasonable demands, treating her with contempt. She is sailing a stormy sea in a boatload of worries.

Arabella slowly and deliberately pushes the bothersome thoughts away in the manner of a hostess dismissing unwelcome guests. The unruly intruders will need to take their place at the back of the queue, making room for more constructive agents.

How is she able to deal with such an array of distractions? Arabella has a vision. She has been building it for a few years, nurturing it but keeping it hidden from the malicious eyes of others who like nothing more than to heap scorn on people’s dreams.

Arabella’s model of a future world, fabricated entirely from her imagination and built upon her beliefs and aspirations, drives her forward against formidable headwinds.

Perhaps our vision defines us more than any other aspect of our life. It is surely more important than our present circumstances, that superficial set of conditions by which others are quick to judge us. The unseen is truly a greater force than the outwardly visible, displayed in broad daylight for all with an eye for such things to see.

Our vision is inseparable from our soul and determines our character. As it gradually evolves we can ask ourselves some insightful questions. What belief system lies at its core? How well are we living up to the principles it embodies? How constant is the vision – does it maintain its form, glowing ever brighter or does it oscillate like a wayward child and fade one day only to grow bright again the next? And, most important of all, to what extent are we manifesting it in our life?

You might think that the most powerful visions are based on a single, laser-focused goal. I believe instead that they are composed of multiple elements that represent a set of mutually reinforcing themes, acting in concert to create an integrated system.

The Knot Garden understands that the greatest visions ultimately make a lasting contribution to humankind. They have at their centre the ideal of permanent value creation. Surely nothing can be more fulfilling than that?

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