An Exercise in Creating Vision

Creating and Casting VisionToday, I facilitated a discussion on vision and purpose for some fellow real estate agents. It was a great experience in which we shared the ‘Big Why’ that motivates each of us. As a part of the class/discussion, I posed the following exercise:

Please describe your ideal Christmas morning.

I’m asking each of you to do the same below in the comments section. Come back tomorrow or subscribe to see what the next step in the exercise is.

Here is my ideal Christmas morning:

I will be living in a beautiful historic home in either the Edgefield or Lockeland Springs neighborhood of East Nashville. It will be modest in size, yet loaded with charm. I’ll be laying in a queen size bed next to my beautiful wife. Our two children come running in at 7 AM and startle us both awake.

The family then goes downstairs to find a fireplace with a Christmas tree not too far off. There is a train-set assembled and ready to go, circling the tree and the modest number of presents below it. After a time of honest and thankful prayer, we exchange gifts.

The rest of the day is spent telling stories by the fire, preparing Christmas dinner, and enjoying the company of friends and family.

Your turn…

Please share the vision for the ideal Christmas morning. This morning can occur at any point in the future. It can be this year or 10 years from now.

Provide as much detail as you can.

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2 Responses to An Exercise in Creating Vision

  1. Sondra December 9, 2010 at 10:53 pm #

    Well, I was waiting for other people to comment first so I could be greedy and read about THEIR visions, but I guess I will just share mine instead. 🙂

    To understand my ideal Christmas morning, you have to back up about 8 hours to Christmas Eve. Christmas Eve was always my favorite part of Christmas as a kid, and I intend to make it special for my kids as well. We'll go to a Christmas Eve service, come home and drink hot cocoa by the fire and maybe open our stockings. (We always opened stockings on Christmas Eve. My grandma filled the best stockings. Nail polish, gum, perfume, chapstick, the plastic candycanes that are filled with m&m's, and those gross chocolate oranges that I always gave to my brother). I am going to have a New Christmas PJs tradition, in which everyone gets comfy new fun PJs that they open on Christmas Eve and wear that night. Anyway… Christmas morning, my kids will wake me up likely really early, if they are anything like me, but that's okay. We'll open a few presents and have a nice big pancake breakfast, and then go play in the snow. Well….. unless I still live in Nashville, and hopefully I will… hmmm. I guess my vision needs tweaking. I don't know what Christmas without snow is like! Oh, and one other tradition I am going to borrow as my own: a friend of mine and his wife always write letters to each other on Christmas to open. All the mushy stuff about what they appreciate about each other and about the year that is ending, etc. I definitely think that's awesome… and wouldn't mind doing that for my kids as well. Kids never get tired of hearing how much you love them, especially if it's something written down that they can reflect on and read later.

    ANYWAY. There's my ideal Christmas, more or less. Family time and lots of love and a few presents, but mostly just the gift of each other and Jesus. 🙂

    • Kenny Silva December 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm #

      That's awesome, Sondra. Thanks so much for sharing your vision. 🙂

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