A Cheesy 2020 Reference

Posted by Jarrod Jones on 1/9/2020 2:45:00 PM

I’m sure many people are penning the overly-cheesy “2020 Vision” for insights into this calendar year. I vowed that I wouldn’t use that phrase for any conversations or thoughts, but it’s just so darn irresistible. So, here we go…

I remember a little more than ten years ago, I was sitting on the porch with my wife and my kids just enjoying the beautiful summertime weather. We were shooting the breeze listening to the cars and birds competing with each other to see, which could make the most melodious sounds. The birds won by far. For some reason, our conversation resorted to our vision and how my wife and oldest son could not see certain addresses imprinted on many of the houses on our block without their glasses on. I found it astounding that they were unable to see the numbers clearly. I never thought that I had great vision until I realized there were people in the world who could not see the most apparent objects without a blurred film distracting their sight. Those address numbers were as clear as day to me.

Fast-forward a few years later, and then, low and behold, my vision began to mirror that of my wife and son. I started getting worried, and after a trip to the optometrist, I became an instant candidate for eyeglasses. My vision was failing right before my eyes. I needed glasses for distance and reading. I was a mess.

Now, as I reflect on how with time and age, my vision has been flailing and failing, I realize that true vision can be more mental than physical. Synonyms for the word vision include perception and mental image. You don’t have to actually see something to have a perception of something. A mental image is what you “see” in your mind.

I’ve often felt that I could not make it if I didn’t have my eyesight. But I am reminded by the fact that so many people can not only survive but thrive even without perfect vision. I realize now that vision is more about what you set out to do than what you see. It’s more about purpose. It’s about fulfilling destiny. And with that mindset, 20/20 vision for the year 2020 is more than just setting goals. It’s about reaching goals. It’s about seeing where you need to go and what you need to do to get to that destination. For my students and me, it’s about pushing through each school day and seeing a brighter, clearer path ahead as we focus on the upcoming units that will help us become better readers and writers.

So my cheesy motto for this 2020 calendar year is: Create a clear path of purpose with 2020 Vision in order to reach a destination of success.